Friday, September 25, 2009

Rule the World with the Rule of Thirds

If you want to get good at composition, you need to know about this rule. The rule of thirds is probably the most popular “rule” in art and photography. How does it work you ask?  Well, imagine two lines dividing your photograph horizontally and two vertically.
They look like this:
Important elements go where the lines intesect or on the lines.

Above are examples of the Rule of  Thirds at work.  Notice the placement of the moose?  The moose is placed where the lines intersect. This is the Rule of Thirds. You place your subject on one of the intersecting lines (click on the photos and you can see an enlarged version of them). Using the rule of thirds in this photo makes it more visually stimulating.

Notice in the photo of lake. Look where I placed the sky in this photo.  This is the Rule of Thirds at work again. This rule works great for landscapes.
Now that you understand how it works, go out and try it.  After you have it down good, go out and break the rule. The Rule of Thirds is just a rule.  If  we followed the rule all the time it could cause some problems, so learn to use it when it is needed.  If you have any quesions let  me know and I will do my best to answer them.  Now go out and start shooting.

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