Day 15 | Understanding the Rule of Thirds
The “Rule of Thirds” is one of the first things that I learned in one of my early photography classes, it is the basis for well balanced images.
Let me say up front that rules are meant to be broken. Ignoring this rule does not always mean that your images are unbalanced or uninteresting. However, I quickly learned that if I intended to break a rule that I should learn it first to make sure that what I do is effective.
What is the Rule of Thirds?
With this grid in mind the rule of thirds now identifies four important parts of the image that you should consider placing points of interest in as you frame your image. Not only this but it gives you four lines that are also useful positions for elements in your photo. If you place points of interest in the intersections or along the lines, your photo becomes more balanced and will be pleasing to the viewer and will ensure that people’s eyes go to one of the intersection points naturally rather than the center of the image. Using the rule of thirds works with this natural way of viewing the image rather than the eye not having a place to land.I have to say that this did not come natural for me and it took some work for me to even remember to visualize this in my viewfinder, but as I worked on applying this principle, it now has become second nature.
Learning to use the rule of thirds
1. What are the points of interest in this shot?2. Where am I intentionally placing them?Remember, breaking the rule can result in some amazing images, so once you have learned it, experiment with purposely breaking it to see what you discover.
Today's Takeaways and To Do's:
1. Grab your camera and practice looking through your viewfinder and visually see your subject placed in the rule of thirds. Take a picture and view what you have created.
2. Now, move your image out of the rule of thirds, take a picture and see where your eye travels when looking at the images you take. This will take practice, be patient. Great job today!
See you tomorrow!