Rule of Thirds

Rule of Thirds

The lines of the soccer net are leading your eyes to Renae.

The lines of the soccer net are leading your eyes to Renae.

Our eye is being pulled to one spot in the picture. We’ve all seen them, the pictures that make you wonder… What are they looking at? The person is off to one side of the frame and slightly looking off camera. What is just behind the photographer that we can’t see? Our eye is being pulled to one spot in the picture.

 

Gracie is almost centered in the frame, but the background frames her nicely in both the left and right third.

 Gracie is almost centered in the frame, but the background frames her nicely in both the left and right third.

 

This is called the rule of thirds, using this rule you are able to create space that draws the viewer’s eyes to your subject. The rule of thirds take a little bit of thought and practice to master. Picture a grid when looking through your viewfinder, there are nine boxes in your view where you can choose a box to place your subject. Some DSLR cameras now have an option to put a grid on the LCD viewing screen, this is a great training tool for beginners or a great reminder for those of you who are more advanced.

 

In this self portrait I'm filling the left side and part of the middle, an adjustment to the Rule of Thirds.

 In this self portrait I’m filling the left side and part of the middle, an adjustment to the Rule of Thirds.

 

Choosing the placement of your subject will depend on how close or far you are. If you are shooting close to your subject you many want it to fill more of your photo than just one box, you can try placing it on the cross point of the lower third of you photo for it to fill more of the picture.

 

Placement and color contrast pull you to the red flower, the Rule of Thirds line draw you to the little green bug on the red flower.

Placement and color contrast pull you to the red flower, the Rule of Thirds line draw you to the little green bug on the red flower.

 

Remember to practice shooting and try the rule of thirds. No matter what others think of your photos, if you love practicing and learning, keep going. If you don’t love the rule of thirds let us know what you have found that makes you fall in love with your pictures.

 

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Tonya Moken created TLM Productions, LLC because of her love of story telling through the mediums of videography and photography. Everyone has a story to tell, and Tonya wants to help you tell yours.

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