The only real rule in photography is there are no “real” rules! Photography is an art and with that comes endless opportunities for creativity and exploration! But if you study beautiful works of photography, there are techniques and guidelines that have been proven to make a simple picture into an absolute piece of perfection! Let’s start our mini-series on composition by talking about the Rule of Thirds! I will admit, this is a lesson intended for yours truly! It’s one of those things I’ve heard time and time again, but hopefully now that I’ve taken the time to truly get it, I can pass on my professional hubby’s photography tricks for you!
For years I thought that the Rule of Thirds in photography was referring to the empty spaces on the grid!! Actually, the rule of thirds says that the most important part of your subject in your shot should be positioned along the dividing lines that divide the picture into thirds! The reason the rule of thirds enhances the interest of a photograph is because our eyes are naturally drawn to a point about two-thirds into the picture. If you crop your photo so that the main subjects are located around one of the dividing lines rather than in the center, you’ll be oozing with popularity and only you and other photographers will know why!! Your digital camera may actually have a grid like this when you look through the camera’s viewfinder. Let me show you a few pictures of the Rule of Thirds totally working and then I’ll leave you to do a little creative practicing on your own! Don’t leave me hanging though, I totally want to see your results!!!
So let’s have a little fun….
1. How does the Rule of Thirds represented in the photograph below!?!?
Yep, you’re right! The Rule of Thirds is applied in this photograph where Little B is positioned along the third vertical line of the photograph!