Probably the most well-known principle of photographic composition is the ‘Rule of Thirds‘.
The “Rule of Thirds” is one of the first things that aspiring digital photographers learn about. It is the basis for well balanced and interesting shots.
But! Rules are meant to be broken and ignoring this one doesn't mean your images are necessarily unbalanced or uninteresting.
What is the Rule of Thirds?
The basic principle behind the rule of thirds is to imagine breaking an image down into thirds (both horizontally and vertically) so that you have 9 parts.
Here is an example:
• What are the points of interest in this shot?
• Where am I intentionally placing them?
Once again – remember that breaking the rule can result in some striking shots – so once you've learnt it experiment with purposely breaking it to see what you discover.
Lastly – keep the rule of thirds in mind as you edit your photos later on. Post production editing tools today have good tools for cropping and re framing images so that they fit within the rules.
Assignment 1 - Experiment with some of your old shots to see what impact it might have on your photos and post them on the facebook group.
This tutorial on the rule of thirds was inspired by The Digital Photography School.
Assignment Week 1 - Take one or more photos using the rule of thirds and post them in the group Behind the Picture - Photography Basics on Facebook. The link is over on the left!...thanks!
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