October 5, 2010

Tuesday Tip

The Rule of Thirds….

This week’s Tuesday Tip is very basic—one of the terms of art that every photographer should be familiar with and able to use.

One of the most basic photography composition techniques is called “The Rule of Thirds.”  When taking a picture, imagine a grid of thirds in your viewfinder (like a game of tic-tac-toe).  Place your subject at one of the four intersecting points of your imaginary grid instead of placing the subject in the middle of the frame.  

Fun isn't it?

This technique creates a more asymmetrical composition i.e., one where the subject is not perfectly situated in the center of the frame and one that feels truer to every day life.

Obviously, this rule should not be used for every photograph and there are many photo opportunities where it is preferable to place the subject in the middle of the frame.  But give it a try, I think you'll like what you see!

Here are some examples...


Abby said...

super cute! Hey are we still on for tomorrow? {WEDNESDAY?}

Julia Shinkle said...

Thanks for doing these, I look forward to them. Something I learned awhile ago was the rule of fifths too. It is fun to put the subject way at the bottom of the photo with lots of negitive space.

~Mandy~ said...

So that's what the grid is for on my camera!!! Thanks for the info :)