Week 5: Rule of Thirds

February 03, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

One of the first things you learn when you delve into the photography world is the Rule of Thirds. Its more of a guideline than an actual rule, but its a good one to follow. 

Google definition: The rule of thirds is applied by aligning a subject with the guide lines and their intersection points, placing the horizon on the top or bottom line, or allowing linear features in the image to flow from section to section.

Why is it called The Rule of Thirds? 

In the image below are the guide lines that help in following this rule. With some cameras you can have these turned on in-camera so you are able to use them while composing your image. Ideally, you would place your subject where the lines intersect. When composing your image of a horizon, perhaps during a sunset, it is suggested to either place it where the top horizontal line crosses, or the bottom, and not in the middle. 

Applying this "rule" can direct the eye towards your subject, help tell the story or for artistic reasons. Once you've learned this rule you will start to notice it everywhere. If you're a photographer, it can take time to practice following this rule when in a rush. Seems as though our instinct is to place our subject in the center.

Of course, this rule is broken plenty of times. 

There are more "rules" with more complex ideas and techniques that I'm still learning as well. Its all very interesting to discover and attempt to apply. The way the human eye is attracted to specific placement of subject, color and light, is all very fascinating.  

This weeks Rule of Thirds photo:

Not surprisingly, I captured another cute pic of my sweet girl. We spend so much time together and she IS the cutest girl on earth, so naturally I always have my camera ready. This week she discovered that she can climb onto the bottom rung of our stools and reach things on the counter.

Its easy to see how I've applied the rule of thirds in this photo. Not only are her eyes (the main focus) at an intersecting point but the counter top edge also falls along the top line of the grid. 

Thanks for following me on my 52 week journey!

Next week: My Funny Valentine


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