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.
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.
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.
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.