The prompt for Week 7 of the 52 Photo Challenge is…

Fill the Frame

Fill the frame with your subject, no background. You will need to get up close and personal or use a good zoom lens.

The challenges for each week are also divided into one of 4 categories. The category for this week is…


Composition refers to the way the various elements in a scene are arranged within the frame. Challenges will focus on setting up the shot and developing our personal composition styles; styles which can become our trademark. Developing your Composition will allow you to set the stage to generate a reaction from your audience.  

Fill the Frame Photo Challenges

This photo challenge was easy compared to previous iterations on I chose to fill the frame. I held off on the challenge for a week because of the emphasis to get up close and personal. In last week’s challenge on alternating patterns of light and photographer’s choice I noticed that my lenses aren’t equipped for up close and personal shots.

Fill the Frame weekly photo challenge

This is the first photo that I shot for the fill the frame challenge. While I like the way it turned out, it doesn’t technically fill the frame so that there isn’t a background.

After researching I decided to invest in a macro lens for my Pentax K-50. The object that I used to fill the frame of my lens ended up being a fake succulent that I bought from Michael’s arts and crafts. It took a few minutes to acclimate to the lens, but it was a quick process to get the shots I wanted for this week’s fill the frame challenge.

The only problems I encountered were lighting conditions weren’t optimal, the settings on the lens are strictly manual and I can’t adjust the F-stop through the camera body, just the lens. Because of the magnification on the macro lens, it was also difficult to get a clear photo; I’ll have to invest in a tripod to counter this problem in future photos.


Fill the Frame Photo Edits

Fill the frame photo challenge edits

Here’s the after and before photos after performing a few edits. I increased the vibrance for this second photo and the sharpness to make the succulent look less “plastic-y.”

Based on my experience from last week, instead of bumping up the vibrance I lowered it in favor of adjusting certain colors and making them more vibrant in comparison to other colors being subdued. I bumped up the coloration in greens and reds while reducing the shadows and increasing blacks in the photo.

In the second photo this effect didn’t turn out very well, so I boosted the vibrance to achieve a similar effect to the first photo. I also increased the sharpness so the succulent didn’t appear so “plastic-y” and fake-looking. I’m happy with the effects, but need to play with this my coloration style when performing future edits. I’m still exploring my preferred editing style and this is a step in the right direction, but I have a long way to go before I’m ecstatic with how my photos turn out alongside maintaining consistency between edits.


Laz’s Question of the Day: Fill the Frame Photo Afterthoughts

What are your thoughts on this week’s photo challenge? What kind of coloration edits do you perform in your photos to achieve the look and feel that you want? Let me know in the comments below!