January 13, 2015 at 4:07 pm #7266
The rule of thirds is a guideline or principle used to compose visual images in photography, drawing, design and paintings. Basically, if you divide an image into nine equal parts, the most important elements of the composition would be placed along the intersections of these lines. The points of interests do not necessarily have to touch the lines, but having them in the vicinity of the intersections makes for an all-around better image.
By placing your subject along these intersections, you create a certain level of tension and overall visual energy that is sometimes absent from images where the subject of your images is centered in the picture. Take note of the image below. The subject’s face is near one of the intersections.
For some photographers, the rule of thirds comes naturally to them, but for those who struggle with it, I have a few suggestions to help you with your compositions:
· Practice – Seriously. If you want to get better at anything, you have to practice. Most digital cameras now come a setting to activate the Rule of Thirds grid in your viewfinder (read your manual to help you figure this out). Use this to help you place your subject on one of intersections.
· Determine the points of interests – As you are composing your shot, ask yourself what the points of interests are in the scene. I suggest shooting a few images where you place the subject at different intersections. You may end up liking your third or fourth shot and you are training yourself to compose your image before you shoot it.
Using the rule of thirds is a great way to instantly improve the quality of your photographs. It will also teach you to see differently and plan the compositions of your images. Approach your photography with a sense of wonder and keep on practicing.
Homework for the next week. Practice taking pictures using the rule of thirds and post your BEST and WORSE shots here so we can all lea from them.January 13, 2015 at 8:28 pm #252057
Thanks, Kim. I seem to have a tendency to simply center my image. AND growing up in the age of snapshots, I still need to remember to close in a lot more. I think that this may help me overcome these bad habits if I practice.January 16, 2015 at 2:48 pm #252059
Hey where are all my people who said they wanted to get better with their cameras?January 16, 2015 at 3:11 pm #252060
I am here! I lost my battery charger!! Emergency! I am looking for it everywhere, it is not where it should be, so I have no idea what happened to it. 🙁January 16, 2015 at 3:41 pm #252061January 16, 2015 at 4:33 pm #252062
I'm in the middle of construction, which is making me crazy. I'll work on photography when everything is done. The general contractor is hunting ducks in Alabama, and the pool installer was hunting deer in Georgia until Monday, but then it rained all week. Don't ever build anything during hunting season.January 16, 2015 at 5:35 pm #252063
I'm in the middle of construction, which is making me crazy. I'll work on photography when everything is done. The general contractor is hunting ducks in Alabama, and the pool installer was hunting deer in Georgia until Monday, but then it rained all week. Don't ever build anything during hunting season.
WTH! How you gone go hunting when you are supposed to be working?January 16, 2015 at 5:46 pm #252064
This is huntin' country. Gotta get that deer to eat. You'd think we didn't have a Winn Dixie and a 24-hour super Walmart.January 16, 2015 at 8:07 pm #252065
Kim, it's been a week somehow. I'll try to get something going; first, I have to take the camera out of the bag, right?January 16, 2015 at 8:45 pm #252066
I'm going to snap some shots and see what happens. Maybe I'll make my new puppy the subject.January 16, 2015 at 10:26 pm #252067
Oh yes, puppy pix are the best!!!!! At least to me.
"Some cars look like they're going fast when they're standing still. The Camaro looks like it's going to beat you unconscious, put you in a silly hat, invite a couple of other Camaros over to take photos of you, then e-mail them to all your friends and co-workers. Call me crazy, but I like that in a car."January 17, 2015 at 12:18 am #252068
They make awsome subjects usually quite funny too!
Talk about oblivious, all this time when I've been taking pics a green grid would come up when you partially depress the picture taking button (how's that for photographer verbiage ;D ) and I just thought it meant it was in focus !dodge Now I know it's there for proper placement :p I really do lea something everyday!January 17, 2015 at 12:21 am #252058
I had two books of kitten pictures before my cats were 2 months old. They were so cute. Get those puppy pictures while you can.January 20, 2015 at 8:44 pm #252070
I think they all stink, and I did nothing as far as editing them. I really have to stop and think about what I'm shooting so it's a nice pic.January 20, 2015 at 8:57 pm #252071
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