I have taken a little time off posting about photography, mostly due to cold weather and being trapped in doors, but I am starting to miss it! So today, I want to talk about Rule of Thirds.
The Rule of Thirds is a guideline that helps us with photo composition. The rule of thumb is that an image should be imagined as divided into 9 sections (think a tic-tac-toe board) and important elements of the photograph should lie on those lines and intersections. 1
To apply it:
- Look through the view finder of your camera. If you have a DSLR, there should already be lines or markings that indicate these areas that will help you visualize it easily.
- Position the focal points of your image on those lines or at the intersections of the lines.
- Take your picture.
Easy enough, right? Well, in theory it sounds easy, but it takes some practice to really get the hang of it.
Below, you can see the difference when applying the Rule of Thirds. This isn’t a great example, because I am still learning and practicing. The photo on the left shows the image dead center, whereas the image on the right employs the Rule of Thirds concept. It makes the photograph more interesting and appealing.
Rule of Thirds applies to many other mediums as well, for example, cinematography. You may not notice it, but film makers use this rule to make captivating scenes. You can see how the Rule of Thirds is masterfully used in this Glee video:
Want to learn more? Check out these sites!
- Digital Photography School: http://digital-photography-school.com/rule-of-thirds
- Cambridge in Color: http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/rule-of-thirds.htm
- Ultimate Photo Tips: http://www.ultimate-photo-tips.com/photography-rule-of-thirds.html
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