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Creative Composition: Foreground Framing!
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Using a foreground element to create a frame within the photo’s frame can be a very effective compositional tool. The framing element not only isolates and emphasizes a subject, but also gives the picture a feeling of depth. It can also serve to obscure distracting details or to create an interesting foreground where none exists.
Some frames, like an overhanging tree branch, seem so natural that we’re not always conscious of their presence, just the pleasing effects. Framing devices work best when they’re somehow thematically related to the subject, such as a tree branch framing an interesting rock formation in the background—both are objects found in nature.

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1: Fisheye Photography

I have a Nikon D5000 and a Rokinon 8mm fisheye, works great but it shoots circular full-frame photos. I am trying to do a virtual tour for my project - a 360 view. With the Rokinon, I shoot betwen 6 or 8 photos depending the area, and I have the problem removing the tripod and stiching.
My question is using a Sigma 8mm and my Nikon D5000. Can I get circular photos covering more area in the photo? I saw examples using the Sigma 8mm with another camera - but only using 4 shots, they got the complete view.
I appreciate your help!
- Fernando Tito

Hi Fernando,
I had the Sigma 8mm fisheye and used it on my Canon 5D Mk II, which is full frame.
On full frame, I had to lean forward a bit or tilt the lens up a tad to keep my feet out of the image. It is a true 180-degree view on full frame. I never tried it on a cropped sensor but I would think you would be able to capture a full view with 4 frames easily. There is also software available to straighten out the circular aspects but I haven't played with it myself.
Have fun.

- Carlton WardSee Sample Photo - svtulip 0003a

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