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                                                    [date] => 29 Apr 2018
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                            [body] => Rule of Thirds in Photography: The Essential Guide A Post By: Darren Rowse ... The rule of thirds is perhaps the most well-known “rule” of photographic composition. Use it carefully, and you’ll take some truly stunning images. But what actually is the rule of thirds? Is it really that helpful? And when can you break the rule for a great result? In this article, you’ll discover everything you need to know about the rule of thirds. And by the time you leave, you’ll know how to use it like a pro. Let’s dive right in. What is the rule of thirds? The rule of thirds is a compositional guideline that breaks an image down into thirds (both horizontally and vertically) so you have nine pieces and four gridlines. According to the rule, by positioning key elements along the gridlines, you’ll end up with better compositions. Here is a visualization of the rule of thirds: And to follow the rule, simply use the gridlines to position essential compositional elements. So when shooting a flower, you would place its stem along the right or left vertical gridline: And when shooting a sunset, you would place the horizon line along the top or bottom horizontal gridline. (Note that your camera may actually offer a grid overlay, which you can activate in the menu; that way, you don’t have to imagine the rule of thirds. Instead, you can see it as you look through the viewfinder!) The rule of thirds also identifies four power points at the center of each gridline intersection: Here, you can position points of interest, such as a head (when shooting a portrait), a flower (when shooting a still life), or the eye of a pet, as shown in the image below: As you can see, using the rule of thirds isn’t actually complicated. That’s what makes it so powerful – it’s a simple way to improve your compositions, and it requires literally zero art training or photographic experience. I will say right up front, though: Rules are meant to be broken, and just because you ignore the rule of thirds doesn’t mean that your composition is uninteresting or bland or otherwise bad. Despite its name, the rule of thirds is a guideline, not a hard-and-fast rule. You can absolutely create beautiful compositions without using the rule of thirds. Also keep in mind that it’s just one composition technique among many. There are plenty other “rules” and guidelines worth considering, such as symmetry, the rule of odds, triangular compositions, and more. At the same time, the rule of thirds is an excellent way to get started with composition. It consistently produces great results, and even professional photographers use it all the time in their work. Plus, as a wise person once told me: if you intend to break a rule, you should always learn it first. That way, you can make sure you break it as effectively as possible. Why is the rule of thirds useful? Now that you know how to follow the rule of thirds, it’s important to understand why it matters and what exactly it can do for your photos. Really, the rule of thirds is about two things: BalanceDynamism (movement) First, by positioning key elements at rule of thirds intersections or gridlines, your photo becomes more balanced. Your key elements create visual interest in a third of the composition, while also balancing out the empty space in the remaining two-thirds. This looks great and feels right to the viewer. Second, compositions that include key elements smack-dab in the center of the frame often feel very static and boring. There’s nowhere for the viewer’s eye to wander; instead, the viewer looks at the shot, sees the subject at its center, then leaves. But the rule of thirds encourages dynamism, where the viewer sees a key element off to the side, then takes a visual journey throughout the rest of the image. In other words: A rule of thirds composition provides a more engaging photographic experience. Also, the rule of thirds draws on the way humans naturally view images. Studies show that people’s eyes usually go to one of the intersection points rather than the center of the shot – so the rule of thirds works with this natural way of viewing an image. When to use the rule (with examples). By now, you should know that the rule of thirds is useful pretty much all of the time. As long as you have distinct compositional elements to work with, you should consider applying the rule. For instance, in landscape photography, you can position the horizon along the top horizontal gridline: Also note how another key compositional element – the structure on stilts – is positioned at the upper-right power point of the frame. Thanks to this, the whole shot feels balanced and dynamic. In portrait photography, you generally want to position the subject’s body along a rule of thirds gridline: And it’s also a good idea to place the head of your subject at one of the intersection points (and the eyes, which are a natural point of focus for a portrait). In the photo below, the tie and flower also offer a secondary area of interest, and they’re aligned with a second intersection point: In wildlife photography, you can align the subject’s head (and eye) with a power point: And in flower photography, subjects look great when the stem follows a rule of thirds gridline and the petals sit atop a power point: Quick tips for working with the rule of thirds. While it’s easy to use the rule of thirds in your compositions, it may take a little time and practice for the rule to become second nature. Try to get in the habit of asking two questions for every photo you take: What are your points of interest (i.e., the areas of the photo that stand out and that you want to emphasize)?Where are you intentionally placing those points? That way, you can determine your points of interest, then you can immediately place them along a rule of thirds gridline or power point. And your composition ends up beautifully balanced. Make sense? Also, if you fail to use the rule of thirds in a shot, it’s not the end of the world. After all, you can always crop your photos later on! (Just make sure to keep the gridlines in mind when editing.) By the way, if you want to start practicing the rule of thirds immediately, you can always pull up old photos and do some test cropping. See what impact it has on your photos; you might be impressed by the results. Breaking the rules: should you do it? As I explained above, it is possible to break the rule of thirds and end up with beautiful photos. In fact, sometimes you can end up with an even stronger composition by ignoring the rule. So while I encourage you to learn the rule of thirds, once it’s ingrained, experiment with breaking it. One of my favorite times to break the rule of thirds is when photographing symmetrical subjects. If you’re photographing a succulent or flower from above, the symmetry looks even more striking when perfectly centered in the frame: This shot of a corridor is also roughly symmetrical, which increases the composition’s intensity: And note that an image can both break and follow the rule of thirds at the same time. For instance, while the image above is mostly symmetrical, a key element (the man playing his cello) is positioned at an intersection point. Bottom line: Learn the rule of thirds. Then break it. And above all, have fun! Final words. Now that you’ve finished this article, you know all about the rule of thirds, when to use it, and when to think about breaking it. So start practicing! And watch as your compositions improve. ... Read more from our Tips & Tutorials category. Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+. I need help with... Landscape Photography Tips Portrait Photography Tips Photo Composition Tips Beginner Photography Tips Photo Post Processing Tips Get Started with Cameras and Gear Sign up to the weekly DPS NEWSLETTER Guaranteed for 2 full months Pay by PayPal or Credit Card Instant Digital Download Learn to Use It! Your email is safe with us. We won't share it with anyone Sign up to the weekly DPS NEWSLETTER All our best articles for the week Fun photographic challenges Special offers and discounts Learn to Use It! Your email is safe with us. 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                            [body] => The Rule of Thirds Explained Learn how to use the most popular compositional technique By Christian Hoiberg - If you’ve read any articles about composition in photography, it’s quite likely that you’ve already heard about the ‘Rule of Thirds’. It’s a relatively easy-to-understand rule which is why it’s commonly used by both beginners and professionals alike. In fact, it’s not just photographers who follow this technique. It can be seen in several types of visual art dating back to the late 1790s. But what exactly is the Rule of Thirds? Is it really that important to learn? Keep reading and we’ll find out! Does Composition Matter? Before we get into the specifics of the Rule of Thirds, I want to take a quick look at the importance of composition in landscape photography. It’s a complex topic but one that’s essential to study if you want to become a better photographer. You see, learning the fundamental camera settings is important from a technical standpoint. It enables you to capture well-exposed and high-quality images but it doesn’t necessarily have much effect on the visual impact. That’s where the composition comes into the picture. No pun intended… It’s with help of the composition that we guide the viewer through the image. It’s our strongest tool to best tell the story we want to tell. Without a good composition, it’s hard to create powerful images. With that being said, let’s look closer at the Rule of Thirds. What is the Rule of Thirds? First of all, I want to point out that I believe there shouldn’t be any rules in photography. It’s a creative craft where strictly following rules will limit your creativity. Instead, I choose to look at the Rule of Thirds and other compositional rules as guidelines or techniques that will help you create better images. So, how does the Rule of Thirds work? The main principle is to break the image into thirds, both horizontally and vertically. This leaves you with 9 frames. These frames then serve as guidelines as to where subjects of interest should be placed. Avoid placing elements in the center of the frames. Instead, the main subject (or point of interest) should be placed where the lines intersect. Such as this: Placing subjects at these areas will create a more visually pleasing image that help guide the viewer’s eye through the image. It might be difficult to visualize these lines but most cameras have a Grid View in either the Live View or Viewfinder. Most cameras also have an option to reveal a grid in the Image Preview. Look through your owner’s manual to see exactly how it’s done in your camera. The Rule of Thirds in Use. I know just reading this can be a little confusing so let’s take a more visual approach and look at some examples where the Rule of Thirds has been applied. The image above is a perfect example of when the guideline has been followed. As you can see, the dog has been placed at the bottom right intersection. In order to avoid two ‘empty’ boxes, I’ve framed the dog so that parts of its body are included in the middle section.   In order to achieve a better-balanced image, the lower left box has been left empty. Anything placed there would take attention away from the dog. There’s one more thing to notice about this image: the horizon is placed along the upper horizontal line (just above the icebergs). Again, this comes back to placing elements along grid. Generally speaking, you should avoid centering the horizon or the main subject. Here are a couple more image where the Rule of Thirds has been used: Can You Break the Rule of Thirds? I didn’t get into photography to strictly follow a set of rules. You probably didn’t either. That’s why I firmly believe that breaking the rules can be beneficial. But just because you should break them doesn’t mean you shouldn’t know them. There’s a reason why these guidelines are so widely used. They do have the power to make your images better. That goes for the Rule of Thirds too. Applying it will make a difference. You will see an improvement in your images. Which is why you need to learn and understand it. By learning and diving deeper into the world of compositions, you’ll better understand when and when not to apply certain techniques. Some of my personal favorites do have the main subject placed in the center of the frame, or the horizon split in the middle of the image. Placing the tree dead center goes against the principle of the Rule of Thirds (though the horizon’s placement meets the criteria) It’s important not to get too fixated on the Rule of Thirds. Strictly following it will limit your photography and will have a negative impact on your creative growth. But, as I said, know when to use the guidelines and know when to break them. Do it by choice, not by chance. DON’T FORGET TO SHARE THIS ARTICLE TwitterFacebookPinterestRedditFlipboardMore More About Composition. The Rule of Thirds is just one of many compositional guidelines. It’s an easy-to-apply technique which makes it the most popular amongst photographers of all levels. But there are more guidelines you need to be aware of. Here are some more articles and guides to further expand your understanding of the topic: 5 Compositional Guidelines to Know in Landscape Photography [Article]Get Better Images Using Natural Framing in Landscape Photography [Article]9 Composition Tips for Underwater Photography [Article]11 Composition Lessons For Photographing Nature’s Small Scenes [eBook]5 Essential Composition Concepts for Photographing Nature’s Small Scenes [Article] Do you want to learn more about compositions and the fundamentals of landscape photography? Then A Comprehensive Introduction to Landscape Photography is the right place to start.  Download Your Free GoodiesSign up and get instant access to the free eBook '30 Tips to Improve Your Landscape Photography' and 6 Landscape Photography Cheat Sheets to make life easier.Become a better photographer, starting today. Share via: Facebook Twitter Flipboard Pinterest More RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR. Photography Tips 6 Tips for Photographing Winter. Photography Tips Beginners Guide to Night Photography: Master the Night. Photography Tips 10 Tips to Capture Better Drone Nature Photographs. Write for Us About Us Advertise With Us Affiliates Affiliate Disclaimer Privacy Policy © Copyright 2021 - CaptureLandscapes.com This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish.Accept Reject Read MorePrivacy & Cookies Policy Close Privacy Overview. 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Do like 22 000+ other photographers and get instant access our free eBook and landscape photography cheat sheets.Take your photography to the next level, starting today! . x Share via Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Mix Pinterest Tumblr Skype Buffer Pocket VKontakte Parler Xing Reddit Flipboard MySpace Delicious Amazon Digg Evernote Blogger LiveJournal Baidu MeWe NewsVine Yummly Yahoo WhatsApp Viber SMS Telegram Facebook Messenger Like Email Print Copy Link Powered by Social Snap Copy link CopyCopied Powered by Social Snap
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                            [body] => Rule of Thirds ExplainedBy Adam WelchVerified ExpertJump to chapterComposition and the “Rule” of ThirdsBasic Anatomy of ThirdsUsing the Rule of Thirds In-CameraUsing the Rule of Thirds in Post-ProcessingThe Golden Ratio vs. The Rule of ThirdsGolden RatioFinal Thoughts on the Rule of Thirds I want you to think of your favourite photograph. It can be one that you’ve taken or one that you’ve seen elsewhere. Picture it in your mind for just a moment. Got it? Good. Now, carefully identify what you like about the photo. What in particular makes it jump out and grab you? Is it the light, the subject matter? Explore these Photography Tutorials Discover this Ultimate Guide to Composition in Photography More often than not, the reasons why certain photographs resonate so strongly with us is because all the elements in the frame seem to be assembled “just right” . There exists a certain harmony; a balance. Some photos seem to strike a chord within our very soul.  As photographers, reaching this resonant balance through arrangement of all the pieces of the photographic puzzle can quite often make or break the images we show to the world. See our popular Norway Photography Tours & Workshops. 7-Day Lofoten Islands Winter Photo Tour. See all tours See also:  5 Composition Techniques That Will Improve Your Landscape Photography Composition and the “Rule” of Thirds. The manner by which we compose our photographs is incredibly important to the overall visual impact our images have on those who view them. In a way, it can be incredibly difficult to verbalise what makes up a strong composition. Sometimes, a certain photograph (or any art) just moves us. We like it, even though we might not always understand why. The opposite can also be true. A poorly composed photo might leave us feeling flat. I’ve always said that there are no “bad photographs...only better photographs”. In short, we instinctively know a well composed image when we see one. By the same measure, we can also sense a poorly executed photo just as easily. There are many ways that we can help strengthen the composition of our photographs. Whilst there are no ironclad rules for constructing our photographs, there are some tried and true methods that we can implement which can at least stack the aesthetic odds in our favour. There is something about the composition of this photograph that makes it jump out at us. What could it be? Photo by: 'Iurie Belegurschi'. One of the most well known and easily employed methods we have for making more interesting photos is the “Rule of Thirds”.  Now, before we go any further let’s take a second to make it inescapably clear that the Rule of Thirds is not an actual rule in the sense of what we normally think of rules; as in “there is one way and one way only to do this”. Instead, simply think of the Rule of Thirds as a kindhearted buddy – a soft spoken friend who gently suggests a better route to take. When we apply the Rule of Thirds to our compositions, we must approach it with the attitude that it is only a guideline to help us better express our own creativity. Insider tipSee our popular Norway Photography Tours & Workshops. Learn more See also:  11 Tips to Help You Capture Stunning Landscape Photographs Basic Anatomy of Thirds . Understanding the Rule of Thirds doesn’t take much effort at all. Much like its name suggests, we compose our photos based on an imaginary grid which divides our image roughly into thirds both vertically and horizontally by means of four intersecting lines. These lines in turn create nine separate equally sized blocks. Let me show you what I mean: The Rule of Thirds grid. Photo by: 'Adam Welch'. Easy enough, right? Here’s where it gets interesting. The concept of the Rule of Thirds implies that we should place important elements of our image on or close to one or more of the points where the four lines intersect. Doing so, it is generally believed, results in a more pleasing photo for the viewer.  You should place important elements where the lines intersect. Photo by: 'Adam Welch'. Along these same lines (Rule of Thirds humour), this reasoning is also behind the commonly used practice of placing the horizon line of our landscape photos either in the upper or lower third portion of the frame. More on that in just a moment.  Let’s take a look at a couple of examples. The first photo pays no heed to composing based on the Rule of Thirds. This composition does not utilise the Rule of Thirds. Photo by: 'Adam Welch'. Next, let’s look at that same photo after it has been arranged based on the concept of thirds.  Now the leaf is placed within the top third of the image. Photo by: 'Adam Welch'. Which photo do you find more visually pleasing? It’s alright, we all know….  Now that you’ve got an idea of what the Rule of Thirds is and how it works, let’s get down to business and learn how you can put this super easy photography technique to immediate use in order to help you make better photos.  Insider tipSee our popular Japan Photography Tours & Workshops. Learn more See also:  10 Simple Tips for Seascape Photography in Iceland Using the Rule of Thirds In-Camera . The basic concept of the Rule of Thirds is easy enough and you can use it to compose your images with any camera, with any scene, regardless of its vertical or horizontal orientation. That being said, the wonderful world of digital photography makes using the Rule of Thirds even easier. Many camera manufacturers have recognised the benefits of composing using the notion of thirds and have built handy grid guides right into most of their digital camera bodies.  Digital cameras have grid lines built into them these days. Photo by: 'Adam Welch'. How great is that?! Oftentimes, the Rule of Thirds grid function will be available somewhere in the menu options of your digital camera. Just do a little digging and you’ll likely find the option hiding deep within your camera functions. Of course, when in doubt, always refer to the user’s manual for your camera to find out if your particular model has this feature and how to enable it in the menu. Look in your menu settings to find the grid. Photo by: 'Adam Welch'. Once you’ve got the grid overlay enabled, it becomes virtually effortless to compose your shots based around the Rule of Thirds. Again, simply place the areas of your scene where you want the viewer’s attention directed to the most on (as close as you can) the points where the lines intersect.  This is especially useful for composing your landscapes. We mentioned earlier that it’s usually a good practice to position the main horizon line either in the upper or lower third of the frame rather than at its centre. Having a static display of the Rule of Thirds grid right in front of you can help out immensely for placing those horizons in their best possible location for your particular photo. The grid lines are great for helping you to level your shot. Photo by: 'Adam Welch'. Not only that, those grid lines are also a great tool for aiding in horizontal and vertical levelling of your shot.  See also:  Landscape Photography Composition Techniques | The S Curve Using the Rule of Thirds in Post-Processing. As with any other aspect of photography it’s always preferable to get as much of your composition as close as possible to your original vision before the shutter button is pressed. Unfortunately, we make our photographs in the real world and in the world, we make mistakes no matter how well we try to execute our photos. Luckily for us, we can adjust our composition during post-processing in our digital darkrooms. This flexibility gives us another excellent opportunity to make use of the Rule of Thirds…even if we didn’t do so while we were shooting. As an example, I’ll be using Lightroom Classic CC but the tools found here are available in most of the post-processing software that you’re likely to encounter today. Just like with our cameras, we have the ability to view a Rule of Thirds grid overlay while cropping our images so that we can more precisely tailor our framing. Here’s another photo that was originally composed without the consideration for thirds.  A composition that does not employ the use of the Rule of Thirds. Photo by: 'Adam Welch'. In Lightroom, first click the crop icon and then select the ‘Tool’ dropdown from the top menu. Navigate to ‘Crop Guide Overlay’ and choose ‘Thirds’. I suggest saving yourself a few mouse clicks by using the keyboard shortcut ‘O’. This shortcut works for both PC and Mac versions of Lightroom Classic CC.  You can use Lightroom to bring up a Rule of Thirds grid. Photo by: 'Adam Welch'. After selecting the ‘Thirds’ grid option Lightroom will instantly apply those four familiar grid lines over our image. Next, we can customise the cropping so that the main elements of the scene better fall into place based on the Rule of Thirds aesthetic.  Notice how the mountain peak now sits at a location where the lines intersect! Photo by: 'Adam Welch'. There, that’s much better.  This is a much better composition using the Rule of Thirds. Photo by: 'Adam Welch'. Be mindful when cropping your photo during post-processing that you don’t zoom in too much on the image. This can cause some fairly detrimental side effects such as pixelation, while also making camera shake and focus issues more apparent. This is especially true if your plan to print your photo at larger sizes. While being able to adjust your composition after the fact adds enormous creative flexibility it can also be a slippery slope if we push it too far. Insider tipSee our popular South America Photo Tours and Workshops. Learn more See also:  Camera & Gear Reviews The Golden Ratio vs. The Rule of Thirds. We’ve talked about some of the fantastic ways that making use of the Rule of Thirds can help you produce better pictures. While it’s true that the Rule of Thirds is a great compositional tool, it’s also a good idea to mention what it’s not; namely, the Rule of Thirds is NOT the same as the “Golden Ratio”. There is often a misconception that the two are somehow related and understandably so, as the Golden Ratio can be employed for photographic composition much like the Rule of Thirds. However, that is as far as the similarities go. Let’s take an incredibly brief look at the difference between the Rule of Thirds and the Golden Ratio.  Golden Ratio. The Golden Ratio, also referred to as the “Golden Section” or “Golden Mean”, is a hauntingly beautiful mathematical concept that can be found everywhere from legendary works of art (looking at you Da Vinci) and in architecture both modern and ancient. It’s even been identified in the wonderfully complex mechanisms of the Universe and nature, including the very fabric of our own bodies. It describes a proportion of size based around the approximate sum of 1.62. That number is an abbreviated approximation due to the fact that it continues out as many decimal places as you can or can’t imagine.  In practice, the Golden Ratio can be used to produce a shape known as a “Golden Rectangle”.  The Golden Ratio Rectangle. Photo by: 'Adam Welch'. This rectangle can then be used to birth a basic four line grid which can be employed as a compositional aid in photography. The Golden Ratio relates explicitly to our purposes here today because it can be found hiding in the same ‘Crop Guide Overlay’ section in Lightroom where we found the ‘Thirds’ grid guide.  Here it is again, in case you missed it earlier. Lightroom also has a menu option for enabling the Golden Ratio guide. Photo by: 'Adam Welch'. You’ll notice that it looks decidedly different than the Rule of Thirds grid, because the intersecting lines are dependant on the proportions derived from the Golden Ratio itself.  This may look similar to the Rule of Thirds grid but it's an imposter! Photo by: 'Adam Welch'. There is even a ‘Golden Spiral’ grid overlay available in Lightroom but that will cause us to stray too far off the grid (I can’t stop myself) from learning about the Rule of Thirds.  All this withstanding, the Golden Ratio grid can be used in the exact same manner as the Rule of Thirds grid by placing the areas of interest at the line intersections. Keep in mind, though, that a true Golden Ratio composition is NOT analogous to a composition guided by the Rule of Thirds. Any rectangular or square-shaped composition can be divided into nine equal sections and thusly produce a framing guide based on thirds. This is not the case with the Golden Ratio.    See also:  How to Use Leading Lines for Better Compositions in Landscape Photography Final Thoughts on the Rule of Thirds . In a world where it seems everyone has a brand new way to help you make better photos, it’s comforting to know that some of the most basic and well-worn techniques can still produce the best results. When it comes to composing better photographs, there is perhaps no more straightforward method than making use of the Rule of Thirds... even if it’s not a true “rule”. Simply divide your composition using four equally spaced lines and position the important elements of the scene where those lines meet. It really is that simple. The Rule of Thirds transcends all genres of photography, all subject matter, and can be employed both before and after the moment of capture. Remember to check your camera and post processing software because chances are the Rule of Thirds has been hiding there, just waiting to help you make stronger and more interesting photos. After a little practice using compositional guides like the Rule of Thirds, lining up a fantastic composition when you're in-field will become like a second nature.   About the author:  Adam Welch is an adventurer, photographer and author based in the USA. You can find more of his work on his website or by following him on Facebook and YouTube. Practice your compositional skills in-field in Iceland! Join us on an 11 Day Northern Lights Photo Workshop around Iceland. Our expert photography guides will be on-hand to take you to some of the most spectacular locations for photography as you develop your skills and immerse yourself in nature. Popular articles. Landscape Photography in the Lofoten Islands of Norway. With its dramatic and largely untouched Arctic landscape and immensely scenic viewpoints, Lofoten is arguably one of the best locations in the world in regards to photography. Adding the midnight sun...Interview with Erin Babnik. 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                            [body] => Rule of thirds From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to navigation Jump to search Composition technique This article is about the visual arts rule. For the scuba diving rule, see Rule of thirds (diving). For the rule of thumb used in military organisation, see Rule of thirds (military). For similar concepts, see Rule of three (disambiguation). This photograph demonstrates and shows the principles of the rule of thirds The rule of thirds is a "rule of thumb" for composing visual images such as designs, films, paintings, and photographs.[1] The guideline proposes that an image should be imagined as divided into nine equal parts by two equally spaced horizontal lines and two equally spaced vertical lines, and that important compositional elements should be placed along these lines or their intersections.[2] Proponents[who?] of the technique claim that aligning a subject with these points creates more tension, energy and interest in the composition than simply centering the subject. The photograph on the right demonstrates the application of the rule of thirds. The horizon in the photograph sits at the horizontal line dividing the lower third of the photo from the upper two-thirds. The tree sits at the intersection of two lines, sometimes called a power point[3] or a crash point.[4] Some proponents[who?] claim that points of interest in the photo do not have to actually touch one of these lines to take advantage of the rule of thirds[citation needed]. For example, the brightest part of the sky near the horizon where the sun recently set does not fall directly on one of the lines, but does fall near the intersection of two of the lines, close enough to take advantage of the rule.[according to whom?] Contents. 1 Use 2 History 3 See also 4 References 5 External links Use[edit]. 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. The main reason for observing the rule of thirds is to discourage placement of the subject at the center, or prevent a horizon from appearing to divide the picture in half. Michael Ryan and Melissa Lenos, authors of the book An Introduction to Film Analysis: Technique and Meaning in Narrative Film, state that the use of rule of thirds is "favored by cinematographers in their effort to design balanced and unified images" (page 40).[5] When filming or photographing people, it is common to line the body up to a vertical line and the person's eyes to a horizontal line. If filming a moving subject, the same pattern is often followed, with the majority of the extra room being in front of the person (the way they are moving).[6] Likewise, when photographing a still subject who is not directly facing the camera, the majority of the extra room should be in front of the subject with the vertical line running through their perceived center of mass. A picture cropped without and with the rule of thirds History[edit]. Excerpt from John Thomas Smith's illustrated book, published in 1797, defining a compositional "rule of thirds" The rule of thirds was first written down[7] by John Thomas Smith in 1797. In his book Remarks on Rural Scenery, Smith quotes a 1783 work by Sir Joshua Reynolds, in which Reynolds discusses, in unquantified terms, the balance of dark and light in a painting.[8] John Thomas Smith then continues with an expansion on the idea, naming it the "Rule of thirds": Two distinct, equal lights, should never appear in the same picture : One should be principal, and the rest subordinate, both in dimension and degree: Unequal parts and gradations lead the attention easily from part to part, while parts of equal appearance hold it awkwardly suspended, as if unable to determine which of those parts is to be considered as the subordinate. "And to give the utmost force and solidity to your work, some part of the picture should be as light, and some as dark as possible: These two extremes are then to be harmonized and reconciled to each other." (Reynolds' Annot. on Du Fresnoy.) Analogous to this "Rule of thirds", (if I may be allowed so to call it) I have presumed to think that, in connecting or in breaking the various lines of a picture, it would likewise be a good rule to do it, in general, by a similar scheme of proportion; for example, in a design of landscape, to determine the sky at about two-thirds ; or else at about one-third, so that the material objects might occupy the other two : Again, two thirds of one element, (as of water) to one third of another element (as of land); and then both together to make but one third of the picture, of which the two other thirds should go for the sky and aerial perspectives. This rule would likewise apply in breaking a length of wall, or any other too great continuation of line that it may be found necessary to break by crossing or hiding it with some other object : In short, in applying this invention, generally speaking, or to any other case, whether of light, shade, form, or color, I have found the ratio of about two thirds to one third, or of one to two, a much better and more harmonizing proportion, than the precise formal half, the too-far-extending four-fifths—and, in short, than any other proportion whatever. I should think myself honored by the opinion of any gentleman on this point; but until I shall by better informed, shall conclude this general proportion of two and one to be the most pictoresque medium in all cases of breaking or otherwise qualifying straight lines and masses and groupes [sic], as Hogarth's line is agreed to be the most beautiful, (or, in other words, the most pictoresque) medium of curves.[9] Writing in 1845, in his book Chromatics, George Field notes that Sir Joshua Reynolds gives the ratio 2:1 as a rule for the proportion of warm to cold colors in a painting, and attributes to Smith the expansion of that rule to all proportions in painting: Sir Joshua has given it as a rule, that the proportion of warm to cold colour in a picture should be as two to one, although he has frequently deviated therefrom; and Smith, in his "Remarks on Rural Scenery," would extend a like rule to all the proportions of painting, begging for it the term of the "rule of thirds," according to which, a landscape, having one third of land, should have two thirds of water, and these together, forming about one-third of the picture, the remaining two-thirds to be for air and sky; and he applies the same rule to the crossing and breaking of lines and objects, &c. [10] Even at this early date, there was skepticism over the universality of such a rule, at least in regards to color, for Field continues: This rule, however, does not supply a general law, but universalises a particular, the invariable observance of which would produce a uniform and monotonous practice. But, however occasionally useful, it is neither accurate nor universal, the true mean of nature requiring compensation, which, in the case of warmth and coolness, is in about equal proportions, while, in regard to advancing and retiring colours, the true balance of effect is, approximately, three of the latter to one of the former; nevertheless, the proportions in both cases are to be governed by the predominance of light or shade, and the required effect of a picture, in which, and other species of antagonism, the scale of equivalents affords a guide. Smith's conception of the rule is meant to apply more generally than the version commonly explained today, as he recommends it not just for dividing the frame, but also for all division of straight lines, masses, or groups. On the other hand, he does not discuss the now-common idea that intersections of the third-lines of the frame are particularly strong or interesting for composition. See also[edit]. Golden ratio (in aesthetics) Headroom (photographic framing) Lead room Rabatment of the rectangle References[edit]. ^ Sandra Meech (2007). Contemporary Quilts: Design, Surface and Stitch. Sterling Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7134-8987-3. ^ Bryan F. Peterson (2003). Learning to see creatively. Amphoto Press. ISBN 0-8174-4181-6. ^ Davis, Tim; Renee, Lynn (April 1995). "Nature". Popular Photography. Retrieved 2018-09-04. ^ Wolloff, Win (January 2004). Photography Companion for the Digital Artist. Pearson/Prentice Hall. ^ Bert P. Krages (2005). The Art of Composition. Allworth Communications, Inc. ISBN 1-58115-409-7. ^ leadroom Archived 2007-09-29 at the Wayback Machine ^ Caplin, Steve (2008). Art and Design in Photoshop. Focal Press. p. 35. ISBN 9780240811093. ^ Reynolds, Sir Joshua (1783). Annotations on The art of painting of Charles Alphonse Du Fresnoy. Printed by A. Ward, and sold by J. Dodsley. p. 103. ^ Smith, John Thomas (1797). Remarks on rural scenery; with twenty etchings of cottages, from nature; and some observations and precepts relative to the pictoresque. printed for, and sold by Nathaniel Smith ancient Print seller at Rembrandts-Head May's Buildings, St. Martin's Lane, and I. T. Smith, at No 40 Trith Street Soho. pp. 15–17. ^ Field, George (1845). Chromatics; or, The analogy, harmony, and philosophy of colours. David Bogue, Fleet Street. p. 47. rule-of-thirds 0-1980. External links[edit]. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Rule of thirds. 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                            [body] => The rule of thirds in photography: your complete guide. In photography, the rule of thirds is one of the most important composition guidelines for framing your images. When shooting and editing, it can improve your final creations. Learn how to use the rule of thirds – and when to bend the rules – with this guide co-authored by our expert photography partners. What you’ll learn.  . What is the rule of thirds in photography? Examples of the rule of thirds in photography How to use the rule of thirds while shooting How to use the rule of thirds while editing Rule of thirds: frequently asked questions   What is the rule of thirds in photography?  . The rule of thirds in photography is a guideline that places the subject in the left or right third of an image, leaving the other two thirds more open. It divides a photo into nine equal parts, split by two equally spaced horizontal and vertical lines. Generally, the rule of thirds leads to compelling and well-composed shots.   Imagine dividing a photo, or even your camera’s viewfinder, into nine equal zones using these horizontal and vertical lines. That forms your rule of thirds grid – a setting you can select on most cameras, and even your phone. “It’s not really a rule. It’s more of a guideline or best practice.” Photographer and designer Shawn Ingersoll   The corners of the central square are the intersection points in your rule of thirds grid. This is where you should place the focal point of your photo – like four crosshairs targeting a shot’s most important elements. It helps balance your main subject with negative space in your photograph, to nail an effective composition that will draw the viewer’s eye.   “This might be a generational thing, but if you think of The Brady Bunch intro, where you have the nine identical rectangles, they’re all the same size and it’s three by three – three rows, three columns.” Shawn Ingersoll   When your image includes natural straight lines – such as a landscape or tree – placing them along one of the four grid lines creates a simple and effective composition. Otherwise, the most important elements should be placed at one of the four intersection points of these lines, as shown below: The subject you’re shooting can affect the best positioning to comply with the photography rule of thirds. For example, when capturing a sunset, you should position the horizon along the top or bottom horizontal gridline. On the other hand, when shooting a portrait, you might place the subject’s eyes two-thirds up the image around the left or right intersections and align their nose within the grid.   Examples of the rule of thirds in photography. In this portrait, the woman’s face appears in the right-hand third of the image. Her face covers the two intersection points on that side, instantly drawing the viewer’s attention – away from the relatively nondescript background space to her left. This landscape shot uses the rule of thirds by placing the horizon along the bottom horizontal line, so the sky fills two thirds of the picture. The tree also appears close to the intersection points on the right.  Just like human portraits, the rule of thirds applies to animals and other subjects. This happy dog’s eye is around one intersection point, with his whole head and collar taking up about two thirds of the image on the left. It highlights the dog’s expression, while the grassy background adds a good contrast without drawing any focus. The rule of thirds can be combined with other techniques to great effect, such as black-and-white photography in the above image. Here, the skateboarder is placed in the left intersection. Along with her white top standing out on the dark backdrop, the positioning really draws in the viewer’s focus. Both horizontal lines are used to align the sky, sea, and sand into three aesthetically pleasing sections in this landscape image. The photo has clearly been framed with the rule of thirds in mind. But if it was re-shot or edited out the sand, the sea would need to cover the bottom two thirds of the image rather than a straight half-and-half split.  “If you are tuned in to the imagery we see around us, I feel like you sort of absorb [the rule of thirds] even if you can’t put your finger on it. But it’s incredibly helpful for people who are starting out and need a practical tool to help them with their composition.” Photographer, author, and instructor Khara Plicanic   How to use the rule of thirds while shooting. Getting the shot you want with your camera is ideal as it gives you more visual information on the scene. After the shoot is over, you can’t go back and recapture the exact same moment. That’s why preparing for and knowing how to use the rule of thirds in photography effectively is important.  Repetitive, practical use of the rule of thirds is the best way to understand it and hone your skills. Eventually, the grid lines and their intersecting points ingrain themselves in your brain. Improve your skills by considering these photography rule of thirds tips for shooting. Lightroom v Photoshop: which is best for you? Discover the key differences between the apps so you can make the right choice and find the right plan. Learn more Practise with your camera’s rule of thirds grid. Many modern digital and even smartphone cameras include settings to overlay a grid or gridlines in your viewfinder. Use these as a guide to literally see where your subject fits across the intersections and line them up. Do this enough and you’ll no longer have to rely on it.  “Turn it on so you can see what you’re doing as you’re doing it. Eventually, you get a feel for it.” Khara Plicanic Take a rule of thirds field trip. Practice makes perfect – as you gain experience, you’ll find you apply the rule of thirds instinctively. Start with a simple landscape or by shooting a still subject like a tree to get a feel for it, before working with moving objects, challenging lighting, and other tricky shots.  “Go to a park or somewhere and try to take ten good pictures that follow the rule of thirds model. The more you do it, the more it gets ingrained into your head.” Wedding photographer Anna Goellner Focus on the eyes. Whether you’re shooting people, animals, or even statues, think about where your subject’s eyes need placing before you take the photo. This could change the angle you shoot from and composition of the image. “Choose where you want your point of focus to exist before you’re shooting. I’m always going for the eyes.” Author and animal photographer Carli Davidson Allow plenty of space and shoot a lot. Shooting wider and leaving space on either side can make it easier to crop and edit images down to comply with the rule of thirds later. When you have time, try a few different compositions and angles that both abide by and are exceptions to the rule, then pick out the best ones. “Take a shot with your subject dead centre, take one with them in the upper-right and one with them in the upper-left. Even if you think you got it in the first shot, you should always take two or three more. You can pick which one works better later.” Photographer Derek Boyd Break the rule of thirds (sometimes). Rules are made to be broken – but only once you understand them. To keep things simple, beginners may find it easiest to stick with the rule of thirds. But when you’ve grown in confidence, try filling the frame, different compositions and pull back from the subject to compare your results. “Filling the frame is really interesting — when there are parts of an image that aren’t necessarily fully in the frame or when there’s a subject that’s very much in the foreground of the frame. I think those are areas where you can really throw the rule of thirds away. For example, I’ve transitioned lately to portraits of people that are perfectly centred.” Art director and photographer Alex Tan How to use the rule of thirds while editing. Capturing images first-time that follow the rule of thirds is ideal, but if you don’t quite nail it, you can usually touch them up later. During post-processing you can edit your photographs for a rule of thirds composition a few hours, days, even weeks or months after taking them. You might just be starting out and got the positioning and angle slightly off, or your subject moved within the frame. Whatever the issue, you can use software such as Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom to crop images – either removing distracting aspects or to move the subject on to the intersections. “I use Lightroom for my quick edits on everything. I go in and I’m cropping things. I’m seeing how the different elements work and I’m playing with my rule of thirds – it’s great for editing the images.” Carli Davidson   You can also apply an overlay or guides to your image to identify areas to remove or where to position the subject, so they match up with the rule of thirds. It also helps line up the horizon, mountaintop, or landscape to the relevant horizontal or vertical lines. And if you’re being creative by adding extra elements, this will help you place them in the best position.  As you edit, you’re training yourself once again – working on that repetition for how you see and use the rule of thirds. At first, you might struggle to recognise photos that work with the rule of thirds. But with practice, it will become something you don’t even think about. You’ll just know. Put in the work, and your eye and audience will thank you. Rule of thirds: frequently asked questions. Can I break the rule of thirds? The rule of thirds is one of the most broken rules in all of photography. Framing your shot where the subject or lines don’t stick to the conventions of the rule of thirds can still form a wonderful image. Filling the frame and placing your subject in the centre are often used in photography to great effect, despite breaking the rule of thirds. What is the purpose of the rule of thirds? . The rule of thirds helps direct the viewer’s gaze to the main focal point of an image, whatever the subject may be. It makes the most of empty space by drawing your eye to a specific part of the image, emphasised through composition. Shooting or editing images to comply with the rule of thirds leaves you with a well-balanced and strong final image. Does the rule of thirds apply to portraits? The rule of thirds is applied to portrait photography in its position of the eyeline. Rather than having the face in the centre or filling the frame, professional portrait photographers normally place the eyeline along the top vertical line in a rule of thirds grid. The subject’s face won’t be central but there’s enough space for their head to draw interest from the viewer. Adobe’s rule of thirds photography partners. The following photographers helped with the creation of this article.   Khara Plicanic is a professional photographer, author and instructor who runs Photoshop tutorials in a unique and playful style. See Khara’s work Shawn Ingersoll is a designer and photographer who has worked both freelance and in-house. See Shawn’s work Alex Tan is a maker and educator who lives in Los Angeles but builds brands globally with a focus on art direction and design. See Alex’s work Anna Goellner is an artist and wedding photographer who also focuses on family and lifestyle photography. See Anna’s work Carli Davidson is a wildlife photographer who spent many years working with animals. She is best known for her Shake series. See Carli’s work Derek Boyd is a photographer based in Portland, Oregon, with a passion for shooting anything he gets his hands on. See Derek’s work You might also be interested in…. Understanding shutter speed. 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                            [body] => What is The Rule of Thirds in Photography and How Can You Use It Updated on December 2, 2021 by Cristian Raiber One of the most well-known rules of photographic composition and one of the most important things you’ll learn in photography is the rule of thirds. It also happens to be one of the easiest ways to instantly improve your photography skills and capture visually appealing and balanced images. There is a number of things that influence whether or not a photo is considered to be good. After all, photography is subjective. But no, before you ask – the reason will never solely be that you like the subject in the photo. In fact, an eye-pleasing photograph will always have great composition. An experienced photographer will know how to create a perfectly composed photo — by thoroughly considering object, subject placement, and focal points. Now, wouldn’t it be nice if you could do the same with your photographs? In today’s post, we’re going to take a closer look at the rule of thirds. It is a concept that will help you take the placement of your subject into great consideration. Doing so, the composition of your photos is well-balanced, visually appealing, and interesting to look at, too. What is the rule of thirds? The rule of thirds helps capture the subject of a photo in a way that’s pleasing to look at. It involves breaking any image you want to photograph into thirds, horizontally and vertically, so that you have nine equal parts. Who invented the rule of the thirds? . Believe it or not, it was first talked about in 1797. Of course, it was not about photography, but painting – the principles were the same, though. At that time, people were discussing the balance between warm to cold colors and how much of the painting should each of the elements occupy. They said that one third should be composed of land and water, and the other two thirds should remain for air and sky. This is where the idea for the name came from. We’ll further explain what is the rule of thirds in photography. Painting and taking a picture may have some things in common, but the process is quite different. Within the grid, you’ll notice the lines intersect at four distinct points. These are your points of interest. You can imagine this grid while you’re peering through your viewfinder. Or, you can use the LCD that’s used to frame the shot you’re about to take. Better yet, this rule is so popular, that most digital cameras come with a rule of thirds grid overlay. So you can enable while you’re taking pictures. This grid will help you position the elements in your shot and frame the most important parts of your photo. Basically, the rule of thirds states that if you place the main subject of your photo in the top, bottom, left, or right sections of the grid, you’ll snap a perfect picture every time. In fact, the rule gets even simpler than that. All you have to do to take a well-balanced photo is avoid placing the main subject in the box in the center, such as this photo does: That’s because it has been suggested that when people look at photos, their eyes are naturally drawn to one of the points of interest – and not the center of the shot. Of course, we know it takes a little more than that to grab an award-winning shot, right? The rule of thirds explained: Landscapes. You can apply the rule of thirds to your landscape photography by following some simple guidelines. To start, align the horizon of the shot with one of the horizontal lines on your rule of thirds grid (the bottom one is usually best). Of course, the horizon doesn’t have to line up precisely with the horizontal line. The key here is to use the rule of thirds grid to help you better frame the shot and avoid things like cutting your image in half by lining up the horizon across the center of the frame. If you have other elements within your landscape photo, aim to place them near at least one of the four points of interest. Remember, this is where your viewers will look first. You should make a good impression by adding something interesting and exciting near the focal point. Notice in the image above that the horizon is near the bottom line. Plus, the main subject of the image, the tree, is right on two of the four focal points. And to make things even more exciting, the secondary element, the sun, is not on the point of interest but is alongside one of the grid’s horizontal lines, which works too. All of these carefully placed elements lend to a compelling image that people just can’t look away from. The rule of thirds explained: Portraits. You can use the rule of thirds on any type of photograph you’re taking, even portraits. In fact, using the rule of thirds on portraits will help you turn a simple photograph into a stunning one, based on subject placement alone. Check out an example: As you can see, the man’s face is right on the point of interest. This is perfect because when taking portraits, your goal should be to get the eyes of your main subject on or near a point of interest. This way, people see this part of your photo first. Here are some other tips for nailing the rule of thirds when photographing people: Try to have the person’s body aligned with one of the vertical lines in the grid If your subject is looking to the right (your left), aim to have them lined up with the right vertical line in the grid (and vice versa if the subject is looking to the left) There will be times when you take a portrait, and the subject of your photo is dead center. When this happens, try to capture the person leaning out to either side to give the shot more visual interest. Also, place elements, such as their eyes, on the point of interest. Doing this may feel like you’re throwing your photo off-balance. And that’s normal when you’re just starting out. But trust us, positioning people along the lines of your grid is actually making your images feel more balanced. Did you grab a beautiful shot, but notice that the person is dead center and not really leaning to either side? It’s okay! Remember, most editing software has advanced cropping tools to make reframing your images to comply with the rule of thirds easy. And speaking of editing software. If you need a way to edit your photographs, especially now that you know about the rule of thirds, be sure to check out this roundup of free Photoshop alternatives. Or, you could even just shift the image to the right or left to give it a unique look. In fact, this method works great for those times your subject fills the entire frame: Can you break the rule of thirds? Sure. Using the rule of thirds to guide your photography sessions will help you create dynamic photos that are appealing to the eye. But that doesn’t mean you have to use the rule of thirds all the time. As with all rules in photography, there’s always a time to break them. There will be times when a portrait looks best when your subject is in the middle of the shot. Or the landscape you’ve captured draws your attention to the center of the photo. And that’s okay! The rule of thirds is not in place to restrict your spontaneity or ruin otherwise amazing shots. It’s just there to guide you to become better, assist you in seeing your shots differently, and help you grab the best photograph possible. If you want to learn more, you can also check out how the golden ratio improves your composition. Things to know as a beginner in photography. If you’re just starting out with photography, you might wonder why do we use the rule of the thirds if you can also break it. Well, because it’s not mandatory to fit everything in a pattern. It’s a good-to-know thing and it’s important to follow it so your pictures look attractive. But it’s not necessary to always try to squeeze it in order to do everything by the book. Sometimes intuition works better. An important thing to remember is to try and find a niche at the beginning. Focus on becoming good at it. After that, you can move to the next one and master it as well. You’ll see that in time you will know when and how to use everything. Follow the trends, keep an eye on what’s new, but always maintain your personal style. It’s best to know and understand the rules before you go about breaking them if you want to start your photography business. Even better, if you’re not prepared to do so, you can sell your photos online for money. It’s a great opportunity to at least get started, although many take advantage of this possibility to the fullest. You can actually be successful in this industry and for quite some money. And since we’re at it, for every beginner that starts on this path and wants to make a career out of it, a portfolio is mandatory. Always look for photography tips that can make your photo look mesmerizing. But tips are not the only thing that you need. You want a tool that helps you in this process and makes it easier. Conclusion: the rule of thirds. If you want to hone your photography skills, one of the easiest ways is to apply the rule of thirds to every picture you take. And if you’re looking to level up your photo taking skills, have a look at our pieces on how to start a drone photography business and our definitive guide on creating an online photography portfolio. And since adding a rule of thirds grid to your images is easy, whether you do it with your camera or in your editing software, there’s really no reason not to try it during your next photo shoot. Have you ever used the rule of thirds in your photography sessions? Cristian Raiber Self-taught entrepreneur with a deep passion for learning, understanding human nature and what drives businesses forward. 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                            [body] => Rule of Thirds The rule of thirds is an essential photography technique. It can be applied to any subject to improve the composition and balance of your images. The rule of thirds is one of the most useful composition techniques in photography. It's an important concept to learn as it can be used in all types of photography to produce images which are more engaging and better balanced. Of course, rules should never be applied blindly, particularly in art, so you should think of it more as a handy "rule of thumb" rather than one that's set in stone. However, it will produce a pleasing photo more often than not, and is an excellent starting point for any composition. What is the Rule of Thirds? The rule of thirds involves mentally dividing up your image using 2 horizontal lines and 2 vertical lines, as shown below. You then position the important elements in your scene along those lines, or at the points where they meet. A rule of thirds grid. Important elements (the shed, and the border between the ground and the trees) are positioned along the lines and at the intersections. Image by Martin Gommel. The idea is that an off-centre composition is more pleasing to the eye and looks more natural than one where the subject is placed right in the middle of the frame. It also encourages you to make creative use of negative space, the empty areas around your subject. How to Use the Rule of Thirds. When framing a photo, imagine the scene divided up as above. Think about what elements of the photo are most important, and try to position them at or near the lines and intersections of the grid. They don't have to be perfectly lined up as long as they're close. The horizon and main subject in this photo have been positioned near lines or intersections for maximum impact. Image by K Praslowicz. You may need to move around to get the best composition. This forces you to think more carefully about the shot, and is a good habit to get into whether you're using the rule of thirds or not. To help you out, some cameras have a setting which overlays a rule of thirds grid onto your photo. This removes all guesswork and helps you get your positioning even more accurate. Examples. The rule of thirds is very versatile and can be used on any subject. Below are some example of it being used effectively in different types of shots. Image by Andreas Wonisch. In landscape shots, it's common to position the horizon along the centre of the frame, but this can give the photo a "split in two" feel. Instead, place it along one of the horizontal lines. Try to include another interesting object, such as the tree in the photo above, and position it according to the rule of thirds. This provides an "anchor", a natural focal point for the scene. Image by Megan Leetz. It's a good idea to position people off to one side of the frame. This provides some "breathing space", shows the subject's environment, and stops the photo from looking like a mugshot. We are naturally drawn to people's eyes. Place them at one of the intersections on the rule of thirds grid to give the shot a clear focal point. Image by Prem Anandh. Here the main subject has been placed at one of the intersections, and also along one a vertical line. The twig roughly follows the top horizontal line. The empty space at the bottom left provides balance and prevents the picture from feeling overcrowded. Image by Dennis Jarvis. Vertical subjects such as this lighthouse can split a photo in two, in much the same way as a horizon can do horizontally. To avoid this, position them off-centre in your composition. Image by muskva. When photographing moving subjects, position them as normal, but also pay attention to the direction they're moving. As a general rule you should leave more space in front of them than behind, to show where they're going. Using Editing Software. You can easily apply the rule of thirds to existing photos by cropping them. This allows you to reposition the important subjects in your image, moving them into more pleasing positions. Re-cropping to use the rule of thirds can improve composition. Image by Jenn Forman Orth. To help you, software like Photoshop and Lightroom have built-in "crop guide overlays" which include a rule of thirds option. This places a rule of thirds grid on top of your image as you crop it, allowing you to get your positioning spot on. Breaking the Rule. As with all rules (at least in photography), the rule of thirds doesn't apply in every situation, and sometimes breaking it can result in a much more eye-catching, interesting photo. Experiment and test out different compositions even if they go against any "rules" you've learned. However, learn to use the rule of thirds effectively before you try to break it - that way you can be sure you're doing so in order to get a better composition, rather than just for the sake of it. You might also like... How to Take Stunning Zoom Burst Photos. Add motion and an abstract feel to your photos using the zoom blur technique. Learn what it is and how to achieve it. 49 Beautiful Heart Shaped Bokeh Photos. Shaped bokeh is a fantastic way to add an extra creative touch to your photos. Check out these amazing, inspiring examples of heart shaped bokeh. 10 Ways to Digitally Improve Your Photos. Digital editing software allows us to remove unwanted objects, adjust colours, and touch up blemishes. Learn how to digitally improve your photos. Macro Lenses. A macro lens is one which allows you to take sharp, detailed, close-up photos of small subject such as flowers, plants, insects, and products. Telephoto Lenses. A telephoto lens is one designed for photographing distant subjects like wildlife and sports events. They are also used in portrait photography. How to Photograph Lightning. Lightning photography is very tricky, requiring lots of patience and luck, but it can also be one of the most fun and rewarding subjects to shoot.
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                            [body] => Rule of Thirds Definition & Examples The rule of thirds is one of the main “rules” in art and photographic composition and stems from the theory that the human eye naturally gravitates to intersection points that occur when an image is split into thirds. I’d like to note that I’d rather define this compositional technique as a guideline rather than a rule, but for the sake of consistency with other photography sources, I’ll continue to call it the rule of thirds. Rule of Thirds Definition. In the rule of thirds, photos are divided into thirds with two imaginary lines vertically and two lines horizontally making three columns, three rows, and nine sections in the images. Important compositional elements and leading lines are placed on or near the imaginary lines and where the lines intersect. When taking a photograph with the rule of thirds in mind, it’s always best to compose the photograph in the camera. This is so that you can avoid cropping later to retain as much of the image as possible and avoid reducing the quality of your photographs. However, I encourage going back to some of your older photography and seeing if you can improve them by cropping in a way to make them use the rule of thirds technique. Rule of Thirds Grid. Rule of Thirds Grid Rule of Thirds Examples. Rule of Thirds Example: Landscapes. When taking a picture of a landscape, it’s natural to want to center the horizon in the frame. However, pictures often look better if the horizon falls on the upper or lower horizontal dividing line. If the focus of your image is on land (i.e. mountains, buildings), the horizon should fall near the upper third and if the focus is the sky (i.e. sunsets, sunrises), the horizon should fall near the lower third. Here is an example of the rule of thirds for a landscape photo. The focus is on the land area rather than the sky so the bottom two-thirds of the photograph is filled with land and the top third is the sky. Rule of Thirds Example: Landscape Rule of Thirds Example: Portraits. Here is an example of a rule of thirds portrait. As you can see, the eyes are lined up with the upper horizontal line and each eye is where the upper horizontal line intersects with a vertical line. Rule of Thirds Example: Portrait Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on linkedin Linkedin Share on pinterest Pinterest Subscribe to our newsletter! Start typing and press enter to search.
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                                    [1] => ” Spencer’s article are aimed clearly to those who until now have had no real ideas how to compose a photo.
                                    [2] => When I got my D800E (36MP) I played around with cropping because such a high resolution gives you the freedom to do so.
                                    [3] => Why?
                                    [4] => What he found was that if you divide a rectangle–he suggests rectangles of certain proportions based on the diagonal of the square–root one rectangle–and then each diagonal of the next rectangle derived from this–you use the diagonal of the square to create a new rectangle that still has the same height as the square and the length of the diagonal.
                                    [5] => What is important is that our images tell our story.
                                    [6] => 0 Reply Boris K Reply to John Acurso March 28, 2018 3:41 amHi John, Have you heard about Myron Barnstone and his approach to design in painting?
                                    [7] => If so, any opinion on this matter?
                                    [8] => “-Garry Winograndand maybe my favorite ” ……so called “composition” becomes a personal thing, to be developed along with technique, as a personal way of seeing.” – Edward Weston 0 Reply Mark W Reply to Allen Bourgeois March 27, 2018 1:45 pmI’m guessing you don’t really take any real photos yourself.
                                    [9] => What parts a person masters has a direct correlation to the strength of their images, relative to people understanding what the image is about, without caption or explanation.Lack of vision in images isn’t about the rules, but failing to understand them well enough to know how to wisely use them for benefit and when choosing not to, know why not.
                                    [10] => What do any of these great photographers know?
                                    [11] => “When subject matter is forced to fit into preconceived patterns, there can be no freshness of vision.
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                            [body] => What is the Rule of Thirds? A Guide for BeginnersHere is an easy way to improve your photos. By Spencer Cox 41 CommentsLast Updated On April 20, 2020One of the most popular ways to compose your photographs is to use the “Rule of Thirds”. Although this compositional rule is frequently used by photographers, not everyone understands exactly what it is or when it works. This article introduces the rule of thirds and explains when to use it for composition (or not). Keep in mind that this rule is a suggestion for beginners and those who struggle with properly composing their pictures, and it is far from the only way to take good images.In this photo, the lizard’s eye aligns exactly with the Rule of Thirds. NIKON D800E + 105mm f/2.8 @ 105mm, ISO 100, 1/640, f/3.2Table of ContentsWhat is the Rule of Thirds?The Rule of Thirds is a type of off-center composition where important elements of a photograph are placed along a 3×3 grid, which equally divides the image into nine parts. For many photographers, this type of composition is a basic way to give structure to photographs and make them more appealing. With the rule of thirds, photographers envision four lines across their photographs, which also creates four intersecting points. Take a look at the illustration below:The important elements within a frame should be placed at the intersection points of these lines, as shown in the above diagram. Or, when photographing subjects like a tree or horizon, which are comprised of straight lines, the rule of thirds suggests placing them along one of the four lines instead. Take a look at the below photograph:NIKON D5100 + 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 32mm, ISO 100, 6 seconds, f/22.0As you can see, both the horizon line and the primary subject are placed along this grid:Rule of thirds grid overlaying the previous imageYou can apply the rule of thirds to any genre of photography. In the portrait example below, the subject’s eyes are placed about two thirds up the photograph, and her nose aligns with the rule of thirds grid as well:The bride’s eyes and nose in this image align with the rule of thirds grid.When to Use the Rule of Thirds. So, when should you use the rule of thirds? The basic value of this rule is to remind yourself that off-center compositions can work well and be successful. Most of the time, beginner photographers will place their subjects in the dead center by default, forming central compositions. Although central composition can be a very strong way to compose photographs, using it for every photo can be boring. If you find that you are doing this, you can add more interest and variety by using the rule of thirds.To use the rule of thirds, start by imagining a 3×3 grid (or use one that is built into your camera) and place your subjects along those lines and intersections points. When you evaluate the result, you may find that you like it more than with your subject in the center.So, if you are struggling to compose your images, you might find that the rule of thirds can be a quick way to make your photos more dynamic.When Not to Use the Rule of Thirds. The biggest problem with the rule of thirds is that it doesn’t change, even when your subjects do. It simply does not take into account what you are photographing. For example, in some scenes, you might be compromising your composition and excluding important elements just to adhere to the rule of thirds. So, in a way, it is a cookie-cutter composition.The whole idea of the rule of thirds is that it introduces beginners to off-center composition. However, it might lead you to think that your subjects always (or often) need to be placed along the exact lines and intersections of the 3×3 grid in order to capture a successful composition.In reality, any type of off-central composition – not just the rule of thirds – can work well. Instead, try framing your subject just slightly off center, or even in the extreme corners. Sometimes, the scene itself will dictate the type of composition which will work best for your photograph. In the image below, you can see that I purposefully placed the subject close to the edge of the frame in order to convey a sense of isolation with a negative space composition:NIKON D7000 + 24mm f/1.4 @ 24mm, ISO 100, 1/640, f/4.0While taking this photo, I wanted it to be somewhat striking and unexpected. If I had framed it using the rule of thirds, it would not have conveyed that emotional message.Along with that, do not underestimate central composition. Although it can be boring if you use it too much, it also can be the most powerful way to compose and frame photographs. Personally, I use central composition quite a bit, especially if there is a single, strong subject in the scene:No rule of thirds, no problem.NIKON D800E + 70-200mm f/4 @ 200mm, ISO 100, 1/160, f/9.0Conclusion. The rule of thirds is certainly worth exploring, especially for those who are just starting to learn composition in photography. However, as you get more advanced, you will start to realize that good composition is not about adhering to strict rules, but rather about composing each photo for its own merits. Different compositions will be ideal in different situations. While the rule of thirds works well for some photographs, it is not the only way to capture a good image. Indeed, any type of composition can be beautiful, and you will miss many opportunities if you never go beyond the rule of thirds.About Spencer Cox. I'm Spencer Cox, a macro and landscape photographer based in Denver. My photos have been displayed in galleries worldwide, including the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and exhibitions in London, Malta, Siena, and Beijing. These days I'm active on Instagram and YouTube.Footer. Site Menu. About Us Beginner Photography Lens Database Lens Index Photo Spots Search ForumReviews. Reviews Archive Camera Reviews Lens Reviews Other Gear ReviewsMore. 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                            [body] => Rule of Thirds in Photography: Composition Tips  shares Home » Photography Tutorials » Basics » Rule of Thirds in Photography: Composition Tips Will Nicholls Comment The rule of thirds is the most well-known compositional rule (or guideline) in photography, and it is probably one of the first things you learn about as a new photographer. You may already have some kind of understanding around the rule of thirds, and an idea that is isn’t always the best option for your photo. Rules are made to be broken, as you have no doubt heard a million times already. In this article, we’ll look at the rule of thirds in photography and how it can help, or hinder, your photographs. Table of Contents What is the Rule of Thirds? The rule of thirds describes a basic compositional structure of a photograph. Taking any image, you can split it into 9 segments by using 3 vertical and 3 horizontal lines. The rule of thirds involves splitting an image up into 9 segments. When you’re photographing an animal, or a person, you tend to use the rule of thirds to provide an area of the image for the subject to “look into.” For example, as shown in the photo above, I have allowed two-thirds of space for the proboscis monkey to look towards. You’ll notice that I have also places the “point of interest” at the area two of the lines intersect. In this case, it is the head of the animal in the photograph. It’s no coincidence that the two lines intersect at this part of the image. The rule indicates that you should place key elements of your scene at one or more of these areas in a photo. The rule of thirds suggests placing key elements of your photo at the points where any of the lines intersect. How to Compose Your Photos. When you first pick up a camera, you’ll probably find yourself shooting images left, right, and centre. There is so much to remember and learn in that first crucial period as a beginner, and actually paying attention to composition whilst taking photographs can be a challenge. That is particularly the case for wildlife photographers, as those fleeting moments will encourage you to snap a picture whilst you have a chance, rather than miss the opportunity by worrying about composition. But as you gain experience, you’ll find that you are able to slow the process down and apply things like the rule of thirds without much thought. To shoot a frame that obeys the rule of thirds in photography, you need to ensure that you allow for enough space so that you can later fine-tune the composition with a bit of cropping. Perhaps you get it right first time, but often you’ll find yourself tweaking the crop (even if it’s just by a matter of a few pixels!). You might find that the rule of thirds is easier to apply if you shoot a little wider, allowing you to provide that space for your subject to look into. You don’t always need to zoom in as much as possible. In this image, the photo has been split into thirds by allowing two-thirds of space for the water, and a third of space for the scene beyond. For landscape photographers, it is easier to consider your composition and take your time – those mountains aren’t going to be running off anytime soon. Typically, you’ll want to have two-thirds of your frame of land, and the remaining third being sky – or the other way around. Tips for Perfecting the Rule of Thirds. There are a couple of ways that come to mind for those wanting to practice with the rule of thirds. Eventually, you should be able to gauge the composition by eye, but initially you may want some assistance. With experience, you’ll find that some crops just “feel” better – I actually feel slightly uncomfortable sometimes when looking at a photo that is composed a little “off,” and use this intuition to improve my composition. Firstly, a number of cameras allow you to enable a gridded overlay in the viewfinder. In fact, I have yet to find a camera that doesn’t offer this – even iPhones do! So dig into your camera’s menu, and try to enable a compositional aid overlay. This should help you to compose on the move. Secondly, when you’re cropping your photos in your editing software, you should be able to enable the same overlay on the cropping tool. This can be done in Photoshop, as well as Lightroom and Luminar. When Should You Not Use It? Whilst the rule of thirds in a fantastic way to immediately improve a photo’s composition and has been around since the 18th century, it can also hold you back if you stick to it in all situations. I find that some photos just don’t suit this “rule,” and it is instead better described as a “guideline.” This image both adheres to, and disregards, the rule of thirds. The above photo is a good example of using the rule of thirds, in my opinion. If you obey the rule to the letter, you might be tempted to place the puffin off to the side. However, considering it is looking straight down the lens, there is no option but to place it centrally, in my opinion. However, the eagle-eyed amongst you will notice that the landscape in the background is obeying the rule of thirds – there is two thirds of land, and a third of sky. This is almost a hybrid image, both obeying and breaking the rule of thirds at the same time. Other photos will just disregard it completely, such as this image of a seal “waving” to the camera. Again, with the subject staring down the lens, the photo lends itself to a different compositional style. I find that wildlife photos that create impactful portraits tend to opt for this style, rather than the rule of thirds itself. In Conclusion. When you’re first getting to grips with the rule of thirds, I suggest exploring your composition. Don’t only stick to this style of composition, but don’t disregard it either. When you’re faced with a scene, try shooting it with and without the rule, allowing you to learn which style fits best. The rule of thirds is a fantastic compositional tool for quickly improving a photo, and making it more pleasing to view. However, it’s not the “make or break” of a photo, by any stretch of the imagination. Grab Our FREE eBook! Get our best tutorials sent straight to you, and enjoy a copy of "10 Ways to INSTANTLY Improve Your Nature Photos". Get Free Ebook You may also like. View All 5 Best Underwater Photography Locations in the UK. Weekly Photography Assignment: Creative Imagery. The Use of Perspective in Landscape Photography. 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                            [body] => The Rule Of Thirds: What Is It? How Do You Use It In Photography?Aug 20195 mins readPhotography & VideoComposition, or what’s included in a photograph and where, is a big part of capturing creative photos. Photography composition can help make one photo of an object quite a bit different than another photo of the same thing. The rule of thirds is a guideline that helps photographers determine where to place that object. What is the rule of thirds? Imagine your image is divided into sections by a tic-tac-toe board like the grid here: The rule of thirds simply suggests that you place your subject on one of the places that those lines intersect. So, instead of putting the subject where you’d place the Xs and Os in that game of tic-tac-toe, place the subject directly on the grid. Learn Photography. Master the fundamentals of photography, from the basics to advanced techniques, and become a professional photographer. Start Your Free Course Using the rule of thirds means that the subject isn’t centered in the image, which is a mistake new photographers make when they frame their shots. Instead, the main focal point is a bit off to one side. Recommended for you: Free 4-week Photography course. Why? Using the rule of thirds draws the viewer’s eye into the composition, instead of just glancing at the center. By placing the subject off center, you also embrace more blank space. The rule of thirds is also helpful for highlighting an interesting background. Off-centered subjects tend to convey more of a feeling of motion than centered ones. How Do You Use The Rule Of Thirds? So, the rule of thirds suggests placing the subject off center. But which of those intersecting lines should you use? That of course depends on what you’re photographing, but there’s a few things to consider to help you make the best choice. If the subject is small, use an intersection of the grid. If the subject is largeor long, try placing it along one entire line. If the subject is looking in a certain direction, leave the empty space in the same direction that they’re looking towards. So, if you are taking a portrait and the subject is looking towards the left, place them on that grid line on the right. If the subject is moving, leave the empty space in the direction that they are moving in. This gives the subject a sense of moving forward, and allows the viewer to see a little of where they’re headed. One of the key landscape photography tips to consider when taking a photo is to place the horizon on one of those horizontal grid lines, instead of dead center in the photo. This allows you to highlight either more of the sky, or more of the land, whichever is more interesting. If you can’t decide, like when the subject isn’t moving or looking in a certain direction, placing the subject towards the right is often favored. Why? Since we read left to right, it’s a natural way of drawing the viewer’s eye into the entire photo. When to break the rule of thirds. Like any rule inside a creative application, the rule of thirds can (and sometimes should) be broken. But don’t just break the rules because you’re feeling rebellious. You should have a good reason for breaking the rules. Artistic rules are meant to be broken, not ignored. There’s a big difference between intentionally breaking the rule of thirds and simply ignoring it because you have no idea what it is. There are a number of different reasons to break the rule of thirds, but here’s a few good ones: Centering a photo highlights symmetry and pattern in a way that the rule of thirds does not. The symmetry or pattern is more easily identifiable when the photo is centered. Placing the subject in the center makes it appear more confrontational. If your goal is for the subject to look big and intimidating, a center placement might be more effective than using the rule of thirds. When your photo tells a story, sometimes a centered or even extreme side placement conveys the story better than the rule of thirds. When the entire scene is interesting, placing the subject up close to the edge or even in a corner is a good way to highlight that. This composition is one of the trickiest to do and do right, though. The rule of thirds is the most well-known composition guideline. It helps draw the viewer’s eye into the image and places more emphasis on the subject. Ideally, the empty space that’s left should be in the direction the subject is looking or heading into. The rule of thirds doesn’t work 100 percent of the time though. Centered placements are best for showing symmetry, or making the subject appear more confrontational. Thanks to digital, it’s easy to experiment and try a few different compositions, so head out with your camera and experiment with placing the subject on a few different points, then try breaking the rules and seeing which photo you like the best. Looking to sharpen your photography skills? Join our top-rated online photography course today! Join 12+ million students who already have a head start. Sign up today and get 4 weeks free! Start now for free Shaw AcademyShaw Academy has over 100 globally recognised courses across 10 faculties. Sign up now - the first four weeks are free.Previous article5 Meal Timing Myths You Need to KnowNext articleTips and Tricks to Master Music NotationsShareRecent Posts. 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                            [body] => Rule of Thirds – Everything You Need to KnowWhat is the Rule of Thirds?In photography, the rule of thirds is a composition type in which a photo is divided evenly into thirds, horizontally and vertically. Then, with the imaginary 3*3 grid of 9 segments formed by two horizontal and vertical lines each, the image’s subject is positioned at the intersection of those dividing lines or along with one of the lines itself.When using the rule of thirds, there are four points of interest, and those are at the intersecting points. In an ideal situation, you would place your subject on one of these points of interest. However, when photographing kids or something else that is moving it isn’t always possible. That is perfectly fine. Remember, this is just a guide. It isn’t a hard and fast rule. Plus, you can constantly adjust your image in post-processing to make sure your subject is on one of the points of interest.Another thing to spot is that it’s possible to have a main point of interest and then place something else on an intersecting option point, which creates an invisible diagonal. Since our minds are always looking for shapes, this supports the image and makes sense to us.Who Invented the Rule of Thirds?The Rule of Thirds was first talked about in 1797, which is quite surprising. Of course, it was not about photography, but painting where the principles were the same. At that time, people debated the balance between warm to cold colors and how much painting each element should occupy. They said one-third should be land and water, and two-thirds should be for air and sky. This is where the concept for the name came from. Image Source: Pretty PresetsPainting and capturing a photo may have some things in common, but the process is quite different. Inside the grid, you’ll find the lines intersect at four other points. These are your points of interest. You can visualize this grid while you see through your viewfinder. Or, you can use the camera’s LCD that’s used to frame the shot you’re about to take.This rule is so popular that almost all digital cameras come with a rule of thirds grid overlay. You have to just enable it while you’re taking photos.This grid will assist you in positioning the elements in your shot and frame the most critical parts of your photo.The rule of thirds explains that if you place the main subject of your image in the top, bottom, left, or right blocks of the grid, you’ll capture a perfect picture every time.The rule gets even simpler than that. To capture a well-balanced photo, all you have to do is avoid keeping the main subject in the center box. When people look at pictures, their eyes are naturally drawn to one of the points of interest and not the center of the image. How Does the Rule of Thirds Work? Image Source: VocalThe human eye gravitates toward points right beyond the center of a photo. These points are called the intersecting points on a Rule of Thirds grid. As people read text from left to right, they also read images in the same direction. As a result, the bottom right portion of an image is the most visually arresting. In contrast, the upper left part is most likely to be overlooked.How to Use the Rule of Thirds During Photography?You may need to have little knowledge of the Rule of Thirds to capture eye-catchy images. For this reason, here are a few tips on successfully implementing or using the Rule of Thirds technique. Firstly, most cameras and mobiles allow you to enable a gridded overlay in the viewfinder, which helps you to compose on the move. Keeping the subject the same and putting it on the different third lines, take as many photos as possible. Then photograph the subject’s dead center in the frame. Shoot a lot of pictures. Later, take a look at them and decide which ones you like best. Then show them to someone good at photography and ask them to pick the best one out. When you’re cropping your photos in your editing software, you should also enable the same overlay on the cropping tool. This can be done in Photoshop, Lightroom, and Luminar tools. Why is the Rule of Thirds Important?As you know how to follow the rule of thirds, it’s essential to understand why it matters and what it can do for your images.The rule of thirds is of two things: Balance Dynamism (movement)First, positioning critical elements at the rule of thirds intersections or gridlines makes your photo more balanced. Your key features form a visual interest in a third of the composition while balancing out the blank space in the remaining two-thirds. This looks great and feels appropriate to the viewer. Rule of thirds assists you to creatively utilize the negative space in the background and eliminate the empty areas surrounding your subject. Thus, this technique helps you to prioritize the image and focuses on the subject.Second, compositions that comprise key elements smack-dab in the center of the frame; such images often feel very inactive and dull. The viewer looks at the photo, sees the subject at its center, then leaves.But the rule of thirds supports dynamism. The viewer observes a key element off to the side, then takes a visual tour throughout the rest of the picture.In other words, the rule of thirds composition offers a more engaging photographic experience.Also, the rule of thirds carries on the way humans naturally view images. For example, studies show that human eyes usually go to one of the intersection points rather than the center of the picture. So, the rule of thirds serves with this simple way of viewing an image.How to Apply the Rule of Thirds to Portraits?Since no human face is perfectly well-formed, apply the Rule of Thirds for outstanding portraiture: Align your subject’s left or right eye on one of the upper two intersection points. Align your subject’s shoulders along the lower-third grid line, providing the subject a natural and relaxed appearance. Draw your viewer into the portrait by subtly angling your subject toward the other empty quadrants in the grid. Suppose you’re shooting a horizontal image for print photography. In that case, you want to ensure that there’s no critical information in the middle of the image (which is yet another reason to use the Rule of Thirds when composing your photos).How to Apply the Rule of Thirds to Landscape Shots? Landscape shots don’t have a clear subject, making it challenging to know what to put on the points of interest. It’d be better to put the horizon on the upper or lower third when capturing landscape images. Each time you shoot a landscape image, consider taking one shot of each.Should I Apply the Rule of Thirds Always?Using the rule of thirds, you can create dynamic photos that are appealing to the human eye.But that doesn’t mean you have to apply the rule of thirds all the time. As with all other rules in photography, there’s always a chance to break them.There will be moments when a portrait looks best when your subject is in the center of the shot. Or the landscape you’ve captured attracts your attention to the center of the image. So, the rule of thirds is not in place to limit your spontaneity or spoil amazing shots.It’s just there to help you become better, assist you in viewing your shots differently, and help you take the best photograph possible.Rule of Thirds Videos. The Rule of Thirds in 5 minutes | Creating More Dynamic Framing. The Rule Of Thirds | What is it? Filmmaking & Photography Training. The Rule of Thirds in Art. Understanding the Rule of Thirds | Adobe Design Principles Course. Using the Rule of Thirds in Filmmaking. Rule of Thirds and Depth. Final Words. If you want to sharpen your photography skills, one of the simplest ways is to apply the rule of thirds to all pictures you capture. Using the rule of thirds grid in your photographs is easy. Whether you do it with your camera or your editing software, there’s nothing wrong with trying it during your next photoshoot.Contact NFI. Learn why 95% of NFI graduates find industry jobs upon graduation. Book a Free Campus Tour. Online Filmmaking Schools: Everything You Need to Know . An online filmmaking school teaches the theory of film and technical skills like operating a camera and editing footage. Some online programs have self-guided classes, Read More » Vintage Photography – Everything You Need to Know . Vintage photography refers to any photography shot with a non-digital camera, such as an analog camera with a 35 mm film. However, vintage photography is Read More » Film Theory: 40 Things You Need to Know . Film Theory – 40 Things You Need to Know Understanding Film Theory Film theory is a way of analyzing films to understand them and their Read More » Rotoscoping: Everything You Need to Know . Rotoscoping           Everything You Need to Know Rotoscoping (also known as ‘roto’) is an animation technique that involves tracing over live-action Read More » Night Photography – Everything You Need to Know . Night photography can be fascinating, and taking pictures at night might seem like magic if you are just getting started. The key is to get Read More » Music Producer – Everything You Need to Know . Who is a Music Producer? A Music Producer, also known as a Record Producer, makes sure that the output is as good as it can Read More » Portrait Shots: Everything You Need to Know . Portrait shots are artistic photographs of people that capture the personality of a subject within the image. You need to take several key components into Read More » Producer: Everything You Need to Know . A producer is someone who works on all aspects of a film or TV project, including: Development Pre-production Production Post-production Release Producers will work on Read More » Two Shot: Everything You Need to Know . Two Shot Everything You Need to Know A two shot is a shot that shows two subjects in the same frame. The subjects don’t necessarily Read More » Acting Academies – Everything You Need to Know . Attending a good acting school can go a long way in helping you build a successful career as an actor, director, writer, or other type Read More » Black Film Directors: 18 Directors You Need to Know . Black film directors have changed the landscape of Hollywood over the years, contributing blockbuster hits and critically acclaimed films. Most Influential African-American Directors Black film Read More » Eye Photography – Everything you need to know . EYE PHOTOGRAPHY Eye photography involves the technique of capturing a subject’s eye structure. For eye photography, the human eye is a fascinating subject. It contains Read More » Creative Director – Everything you need to know . Creative directors work in a variety of fields. They work at film studios, magazines, marketing, advertising firms, charities, and private companies as creative directors. Even Read More » Fisheye Lens – Everything You Need to Know . A fisheye lens, also called an “ultra-wide” or “super-wide” lens, is a type of wide-angle lens that captures an extremely wide photo, typically around 180°. Read More » Directors Who Didn’t Go to Film School: 61 Greatest Directors . Though you might not realize it, you likely know tons of directors who didn’t go to film school. 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                                    [0] => Reply Annette says Monday, February 22, 2016 at 6:26 am I feel a bit stupid but I’m not quite understanding the whole thing… I added the grid, now what is my goal?
                                    [1] => To place my object ??
                                    [2] => What is the “rule of thirds” Now that I am very slow at catching on, but I am very interested in taking better photos, for my families sake?
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                            [body] => Understanding the Rule of Thirds in Photography Tuesday, March 31, 2015 Want to capture magical moments with your phone? Join our 7-day email course, Beyond Snapshots, and master the art of mobile photography. Learn more. Understanding the Rule of Thirds in Photography – One of the easiest ways to improve your photography is to apply the rule of thirds when shooting. Come learn more about this fundamental principle of composition. When I first started my fascination with photography years ago I was completely shooting from the hip. I mean that figuratively of course, but one thing is for sure I knew nothing about the technical aspect of photography. When I saw something I liked, I took a photo. It seemed pretty straight forward…right? Well, yes and no. Let me explain. Composition is Key. When a photo looks good to you, there may actually be a reason behind it. That reason is called composition. Simply put, composition is the visual elements of a photograph, such as the placement of objects, subjects, focal points, and layout of the overall photo. Sometimes you may take your photo, have amazing composition and not even realize it, you just know it looks good. This is the whole point. Good composition is pleasing to the eye. It looks balanced. Herein lies the rule of thirds. The Rule of Thirds. The rule of thirds is applied to a photo in terms of dissection. Take 2 vertical lines, and 2 horizontal lines and divide your photo up into 9 equal squares. Like this: The goal in using the rule of thirds is to place your subject, or the focal point, along a vertical or horizontal line and a point of intersection. When applied to a photo you can see the difference in the examples below. Example A – not using the Rule of Thirds. Example B – using the Rule of Thirds. When a photo lends itself to a more centered look, you can still apply this rule by keeping the focal point (her eyes in this shot) along both a horizontal line and their vertical intersections: When shooting landscapes, try not to cut your photo in half by placing the sky and ground in the center of the photo. Remembering the rule of thirds may be hard to apply when you’re in the middle of capturing that perfect moment, but no worries. For a little assistance you can add a grid to your DSLR in your camera settings and even on your phone when shooting with the Instagram app. You also have the option of adding a grid during your edit sessions in Photoshop by going to: View>Show>Grid Then adjust the settings of your grid: Edit>Preferences>Guides, Grids. (Adjust the ‘Gridline Every’ to 100% , ‘Subdivisions’ to 3) Overall, using the rule of thirds will help you achieve better composed photographs, but don’t be afraid to venture outside the realm. Finding what you love, and looks good to you will be part of your photography journey and the rule of thirds is simply there to guide you. Alishia Osborn is a self-taught photographer and Photoshop enthusiast who enjoys photographing her three girls and documenting their everyday lives via the lens. Connect with Alishia at justleesha.com on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. If you enjoyed this post you might also like…. Beyond Snapshots: Mastering Mobile Photography Embracing the Life in Lifestyle Photography Shooting Indoors and Loving It Exploring Still Life Photography Bio Facebook Google+ Pinterest Latest Posts Instagram Rebecca. Rebecca Cooper is a 42-year-old wife and mother of four from Alberta, Canada. As a photographer, crafter, author, and blogger, she finds joy and fulfillment in celebrating everyday moments. She loves to read and eat chocolate, and is a firm believer in afternoon naps. Rebecca shares her family’s adventures, photo tips, simple craft projects + more right here at Simple as That. +Rebecca. Rebecca. Latest posts by Rebecca (see all). Free Printable 2022 Calendar - Thursday, September 9, 2021 Free Printable 2021 Calendar - Tuesday, January 5, 2021 Anchored on the Rock of our Redeemer - Monday, August 24, 2020 @rebecca_simpleasthat on Instagram Beyond Snapshots A moment captured is worth more than a moment forgotten—no matter how imperfect the lighting or how basic the camera. In one week we’ll move beyond taking snapshots to capturing magical moments with your phone. Click to learn more. Reader Interactions. Leave a Reply Cancel reply. Follow on Instagram. Instagram has returned invalid data. Don't show this again.
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                            [body] => COMPOSITION: RULE OF THIRDS The rule of thirds is a powerful compositional technique for making photos more interesting and dynamic. It's also perhaps one of the most well known. This article uses examples to demonstrate why the rule works, when it's ok to break the rule, and how to make the most of it to improve your photography. OVERVIEW. The rule of thirds states than an image is most pleasing when its subjects or regions are composed along imaginary lines which divide the image into thirds — both vertically and horizontally: It is actually quite amazing that a rule so seemingly mathematical can be applied to something as varied and subjective as a photograph. But it works, and surprisingly well. The rule of thirds is all about creating the right aesthetic trade-offs. It often creates a sense of balance — without making the image appear too static — and a sense of complexity — without making the image look too busy. RULE OF THIRDS EXAMPLES. OK, perhaps you can see its usefulness by now — but the previous example was simple and highly geometric. How does the rule of thirds fare with more abstract subjects? See if you can spot the lines in the photo below: Original Photo Show Rule of Thirds Note how the tallest rock formation (a tufa) aligns with the rightmost third of the image, and how the horizon aligns with the topmost third. The darker foreground tufa also aligns with both the bottommost and leftmost thirds of the photo. Even in an apparently abstract photo, there can still be a reasonable amount of order and organization. Does this mean that you need to worry about perfectly aligning everything with the thirds of an image? Not necessarily — it's just a rough guideline. What's usually most important is that your main subject or region isn't always in the direct middle of the photograph. For landscapes, this usually means having the horizon align with the upper or lower third of the image. For subjects, this usually means photographing them to either side of the photo. This can make landscape compositions much more dynamic, and give subjects a sense of direction. Off-Center Subjects Can Give a Sense of Direction In the examples above, the biker was placed more or less along the leftmost third since he was traveling to the right. Similarly, the bird is off-center to give the impression that it can take off to the right at any moment. Off-center composition is a powerful way to convey or imply motion. IMPROVE EXISTING PHOTOS BY CROPPING. Thus far we've looked at examples that have satisfied the rule — but what if they hadn't? Wouldn't they have still appeared just fine? Perhaps, but usually not. The next set of examples shows situations where cropping to enforce the rule yields a clear improvement. It is often quite amazing how you can resurrect an old photo and give it new life with something as simple as cropping it. Uncropped Original(horizon in direct middle) Cropped Version(horizon now along upper third of image) In the example above, part of the empty sky was cropped off so that the horizon aligned with the upper third of the image — adding emphasis to the foreground and mountains. LIMITATIONS. But what if there's simply nothing in the image to apply the rule of thirds to? Although rare, this might be the case for extremely abstract compositions. However, the "spirit of the rule" may still apply: give the photo a sense of balance without making the subject appear too static and unchanging. In the example to the right, there's not even a single line or subject that can be aligned with the thirds of the image. Perhaps the C-shaped region of light can be grouped into an upper, middle and lower thirds region, but that's probably pushing it. Regardless, the image is on average brighter to the left compared to its right — effectively creating an off-center composition. BREAKING THE RULE OF THIRDS. Example of beneficial symmetry By now, the free-spirited and creative artist that you are is probably feeling a bit cramped by the seeming rigidity of this rule. However, all rules are bound to be broken sooner or later — and this one's no exception. It's time to unleash that inner rebel. That is, as long as it is for a good cause. A central tenet of the rule of thirds is that it's not ideal to place a subject in the center of a photograph. But what if you wanted to emphasize the subject's symmetry? The example to the left does just that. Similarly, there's many other situations where it might be better to ignore the rule of thirds than to use it. You might want to make your subject look more confronting, for example. Alternatively, you might want to knock things out of balance. It's important to ask yourself: what is special about this subject, and what do I want to emphasize? What mood do I want to convey? If the rule of thirds helps you achieve any of these goals, then use it. If not, then don't let it get in the way of your composition. Want to learn more? Discuss this and other articles in our digital photography forums. - Back to Photography Tutorials - Follow us via Email Facebook Twitter BROWSE CATEGORIES. Concepts & Terminology Using Camera Equipment Editing & Post-Processing Color Management & Printing Photo Techniques & Styles GET OUR LATEST BOOK! Copyright © 2005-2020 Cambridge in Colour|Gallery|About|Contact Us Email Facebook Twitter Home Books Tools Tutorials Concepts & Terminology Using Camera Equipment Editing & Post-Processing Color Management & Printing Photo Techniques & Styles all photography tutorials Forums
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                            [body] => What is the Rule of Thirds? (And How to Use it in Photos!) By Josh Dunlop A- A+ Download as PDF Subscribe Below to Download the Article Immediately. You can also select your interests for free access to our premium training: Related course: Intuitive Composition Good photography isn’t only about your camera equipment. You also need a great eye, technical skill, and practice. The photographic composition can make or break your image. With practice, you can make a shot of a common subject look unique. The rule of thirds is one of the most fundamental rules of composition and it’s very easy to understand. In photography, we usually rely on our sense of beauty. But using the rule of thirds can be a good starting point to produce images that are more appealing to our eyes. Read on to find out how to take a rule of thirds photo. What Is the Rule of Thirds in Photography Composition? The composition is how you arrange the subject and objects within your frame. The rule of thirds is dividing your frame into nine equal rectangles. You can do this by creating two vertical and two horizontal lines. The four lines will intersect at four points. These are the points where your point of interests should be. You can do this mentally or you can also change the setting on your camera. Most digital cameras have an option to add the rule of thirds grid onto the screen. How to Use Points of Interest. The relationship between negative space and the subject creates a natural focal point. By default, the viewer looks at the intersection points. Placing points of interest at one of these points balance your image. This also creates more tension, energy, and interest in the photograph. In a portrait, the subject or other main points like the subject’s eyes, are important. Place these elements on one of the intersections. For instance, the subject in the photo below is on one of the intersections.   The same goes for landscape photography, like in the image below. Using the rule of thirds, the photographer placed key elements on the intersections.   The rule of thirds grid shows this better. The boat and the mountain lie close to the two intersecting points. Important Compositional Elements. Some images like landscapes, seascapes, and cityscapes don’t have one point of interest. Aim to divide the image into one-third and two-thirds. For example, when capturing a landscape, use the rule of thirds to place the horizon on a horizontal line. For instance, take this photo of a road scene. This image isn’t very dynamic as the horizon falls in the middle of the shot. This photo below is more interesting. The landscape takes up 1/3 of the image, where the sky takes the remaining 2/3. This is an effective way to show two elements, where one is more important than the other. This image would not be as dynamic if the sky were only 1/3. Can You Break the Rule of Thirds? Of course, you can break the rule of thirds. But before breaking the rule, it is important to learn it. In general, only break the rule for a specific reason. The photo below, for example, won Coco Amerdeil 2nd place in the 2017 LensCulture Portrait Award. The subject doesn’t fall on any of the intersections. Nor are any of the key elements (eyes, lips, etc.) on the grid lines. The story behind the image was strong enough to justify breaking the rule. Coco Amardeil The concept behind a picture will always outweigh the photography composition. The composition can make your frame more interesting if the content is lacking. Rule of Thirds in Post-Processing. You can also use the rule of thirds during post-processing. On software like Lightroom or Photoshop, crop your images to remove distracting elements. A tighter crop makes the viewer focus on your composition. The rule of thirds grid can help you achieve a better crop so that subjects fall on the intersections. In Lightroom, press ‘R‘ on your keyboard to toggle the rule of thirds grid on your image. Clicking on the crop tool will also activate this overlay. In Photoshop, there is no such command. You can make your own by using guides, found in View>New Guide. Before you go, check out our tutorial video to learn more about the rule of thirds! Conclusion. Utilising the rule of thirds is an essential composition technique which can add balance and harmony to your image. We recommend you to practice this by using the grid of your camera’s Live View. Eventually, you’ll end up guiding your viewer’s eyes better and making your images even more engaging! Share with friends Share Share Share Show Comments (5) Hide Comments Related Articles. How to Use Symmetry in Photography Composition. Symmetry is everywhere. This means you can get better at taking symmetrical photos no matter where you are. We'll show you how to use symmetry… How to 'Fill the Frame' for Better Photography Composition. There are many rules you can use to improve your photography composition. For many photographers, the best way to enhance photography composition is to "fill… The Ultimate Guide To Fine Art Photography Tips and Techniques. Fine art photography is the most creative area of image capturing. Here, you need to rely on your own ideas and vision. These works are… See all articles in Composition Use The Most Important Composition Rules On-The-Go . 3 of the 7 rules we uncover in these cheat sheets are: Sense of Scale Add a point of comparison to show a sense of scale Framing Creatively emphasise your subject by adding visual frames Symmetry Create harmony and a sense of wholeness in your photos Where should we send your free cheat sheets? . Your privacy is safe! We will never share your information. Use The Most Important Composition Rules On-The-Go . 3 of the 7 rules we uncover in these cheat sheets are: Sense of Scale Add a point of comparison to show a sense of scale Framing Creatively emphasise your subject by adding visual frames Symmetry Create harmony and a sense of wholeness in your photos Where should we send your free cheat sheets? . Your privacy is safe! We will never share your information.
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                            [body] => Understanding the Rule of Thirds 52.4K 52.4K If you're a beginning photographer, there's a good chance that you have at least some familiarity with the rule of thirds.After all, it's probably the most commonly used photography tool and is the subject of many articles, book chapters, YouTube videos, and the like.It may well have been the very first thing you learned about photography composition too.But there's a lot more to the rule of thirds than what meets the eye. It's a powerful compositional tool that can bring more balance and interest to your photos, regardless of whether you primarily take landscapes, portraits, or something in between.Let's dive into the rule of thirds and explore what it's all about and how it can help you learn photography and create better photos.The Rule of Thirds Explained for Landscapes. Explaining the rule of thirds is relatively simple.When overlaid on an image like the one above, you can see how the rule of thirds breaks the photo into nine quadrants of equal size.This results in a guideline you can use to position the subject of the image and any interesting supporting elements to create a photo with better visual impact.To achieve that impact, you simply place elements of interest in one of two places: along one of the grid lines, or, even better, at one of the four intersections of the grid lines.In the image above, note how the Great Wall of China aligns well with the leftmost vertical grid line, and how it also occupies the area around the bottom left intersection point of the grid.Also note less obvious things about this image and the rule of thirds.The topmost horizontal grid line is near the horizon of the landscape, which helps our eye give the horizon more prominence in the frame. The bottommost horizontal grid line roughly aligns with the top of the two sides of the wall, which helps create a greater sense of balance in the shot. The tower in the midground roughly aligns with the leftmost vertical grid line as well, again, giving it more prominence and importance in the frame. The point here is that important elements in the photo don't have to precisely line up with the grid lines or intersection points in order to create a more compelling landscape photo. As long as they are in the ballpark, their importance in the shot will be perceived by viewers.The Rule of Thirds Explained for Portraits. Just like the rule of thirds can help you position landscape elements for maximum impact, it can also help you position portrait subjects such that the resulting image is as powerful as possible.In the example image above, note how the photographer used the rule of thirds grid to shift the position of the model's face to the right side of the frame.While this might at first seem like a move that would make the image feel unbalanced, you'll note that it actually makes the image feel more balanced.With her body positioned more or less in the middle of the shot, having her lean to our right gives the photo a little more visual interest than if she had been sitting straight up with her head in the middle of the frame.But also notice how her body position aligns her face with the upper left intersection point of the grid - right where it needs to be to capture the interest of viewers.Again, as we saw in the landscape image before, in portraits, the alignment of your subjects with the grid lines and intersection points needn't be precise.In the portrait above, ideally, the model's eyes would have been placed at the intersection point. However, getting it close still has the same visual effect of better balance and improved visual interest.See the rule of thirds at work in the video below, in which Weekly Imogen breaks down why the rule of thirds is so powerful and applies the rule in real-time, so you can see the benefits of using it for your compositions:Why the Rule of Thirds Works. If you're to truly master the application of the rule of thirds, it's important to understand not just how to implement it, but why.As I alluded to earlier, the rule of thirds allows you to create an image with improved balance and visual interest.This is due in part to the fact that when we look at a photograph, our eyes typically avoid the center of the shot. Instead, our eyes are naturally drawn to the four areas where the rule of thirds lines intersect (thus, that's why those intersection points are placed there).So, given that, it stands to reason that by placing the subject of your photograph at one of those intersection points that you'll more easily capture the attention of viewers. In the image above, notice how the dog's snout is placed where an intersection point would occur, thus making the dog's face a stronger point of visual interest.What's more, shifting the subject to the left or right or above or below the dead middle of the shot helps create a more interesting layout.This is because it helps you avoid the 1:1 ratio that occurs with a subject in the middle of the shot.In other words, when there is the same amount of space on either side of a subject, the image can look and feel a little static.However, by shifting the subject away from the center of the frame, you can create a photo that looks and feels more dynamic, even if there's no indicated movement in the shot.In fact, this concept works even when you fill the frame with the subject.In the image above, you can see how the yellow part of the flower would roughly align with the top-left intersection point of the rule of thirds grid.As a result, the image has improved visual interest because the subject is shifted away from the center of the shot.What's more, notice how the line of the petal below the yellow portion of the flower would align with the leftmost grid line of the rule of thirds grid.Again, this helps direct the eye towards the burst of yellow, creating a shot that is much more active for the viewer to engage with.Yet Another Use for the Rule of Thirds. The rule of thirds grid also comes in handy for a very important task for landscape photographers - placing the horizon for maximum impact.As was discussed earlier with the image of the Great Wall of China, aligning the horizon with one of the horizontal grid lines helps draw the viewer's attention to the horizon.On the one hand, aligning the horizon with the bottom grid line gives the background and the sky more importance in the shot, which is a good thing to do when photographing things like the sunset seen above.On the other hand, aligning the horizon with the top grid line allows you to place more emphasis on the foreground, which is advantageous when you have interesting elements in the foreground of the shot. As seen in the image below, this allows you to create a more compelling landscape photo.Additionally, the rule of thirds grid can help you get the horizon straight.No matter how gorgeous the shot you take, if the horizon isn't straight, it will lose a great deal of visual appeal.By using the rule of thirds grid (which many cameras have on Live View), you can ensure that the horizon isn't just placed effectively in the shot, but that it's also absolutely level.When Not to Use the Rule of Thirds. As great of a tool as the rule of thirds is, it isn't the end-all, be-all compositional trick.In many cases - perhaps even the vast majority of cases - the rule of thirds is appropriate to use.However, there will be times when breaking the rule of thirds results in a better composition than if you adhere to it.For example, in the landscape above, note how the two tallest trees in the foreground create a frame within a frame that helps direct our eye toward the middle of the shot - precisely where the rule of thirds tries to prevent our eyes from going.Yet, this is a successful image and one that's very pleasing to view.The same concept can be applied to portraits.In this fashion portrait, notice how the placement of the woman completely breaks the rule of thirds, yet the image is still pleasing to view.This is due in part to the vibrant colors to catch the attention of our eyes as well as the model's dark, flowing hair, which contrasts nicely with the bright colors that are abundant in the shot.The moral of the story is that if you have other means of drawing the viewer's attention - using framing elements like the trees in the previous image or color or texture like in the portrait above, you can get away with breaking the rule of thirds because you have other visual elements to draw the viewer's attention.In the end, how you implement (or don't implement) the rule of thirds is up to you. 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                            [body] => Rule of Thirds in Photography: Definition & Examples Lesson Transcript Instructor: Kevin Newton Show bio Kevin has edited encyclopedias, taught history, and has an MA in Islamic law/finance. He has since founded his own financial advice firm, Newton Analytical. The Rule of Thirds in photography is a technique which outlines a piece into 9 equally sized squares, with two horizontal lines and two vertical lines, in order to center the focal point where two lines collide, a position known as the crash point. Explore examples of the Rule of Thirds and learn how it can help artists build their works more effectively. Updated: 10/15/2021 What is the Rule of Thirds?One of the fundamentals of painting and photography, the Rule of Thirds is a technique designed to help artists and photographers build drama and interest in a piece. The rule states that a piece should be divided into nine squares of equal size, with two horizontal lines intersecting two vertical lines. Elements of the composition should take care to not cross the lines, and points of interest in the work should land near where two lines intersect, known as a crash point. Lines explaining the Rule of Thirds The rule was first written down more than 200 years ago and has remained a useful piece of advice for aspiring photographers and artists ever since. Of course, this predated the invention of photography by quite some time but the rule had become established by that point. Of course, like all guidelines in art, the Rule of Thirds is merely a suggestion. Photographers should not feel the need to adhere constantly to respecting the rule, as ultimately it does not always produce the best results. However, for those still gaining experience, it does provide a useful strategy in learning how to best frame shots. Let's take a look at some examples of the Rule of Thirds in action. An error occurred trying to load this video. Try refreshing the page, or contact customer support. You must cCreate an account to continue watching. Register to view this lesson. Are you a student or a teacher? I am a student I am a teacher Create Your Account To Continue Watching As a member, you'll also get unlimited access to over 84,000 lessons in math, English, science, history, and more. Plus, get practice tests, quizzes, and personalized coaching to help you succeed. Get unlimited access to over 84,000 lessons. Try it now It only takes a few minutes to setup and you can cancel any time. Already registered? Log in here for access  Back What teachers are saying about Study.com Try it now Already registered? Log in here for access Coming up next: Salvador Dali: Biography, Paintings & Facts You're on a roll. Keep up the good work! Take Quiz Watch Next Lesson  Replay Just checking in. Are you still watching? Yes! Keep playing. Your next lesson will play in 10 seconds 0:05 What is the Rule of Thirds? 1:10 Images With & Without… 2:04 Other Examples 2:41 Lesson Summary Save Save Save Want to watch this again later? Log in or sign up to add this lesson to a Custom Course. Log in or Sign up Timeline Autoplay Autoplay Speed Speed 21K views Video Quiz Course Examples of the Rule of Thirds in Action. Here are two copies of the same image. In the first, the photograph in question was cropped without regard for the Rule of Thirds. While it is supposed to showcase a series of townhouses in Bath, England, the focus is really more on the grass. Indeed, the lawn dominates almost half the picture, which combined with the sky above, means that the townhouses make up only a small fraction of the total image. Photograph without respect to the Rule of Thirds In the second image, the same photograph was cropped with the Rule of Thirds in mind. While some of the townhouses to the right of the image were sacrificed in the effort, the whole imagine is much more composed. The eye is drawn to elements of the house that despite being visible in the first imag,e are now of much more interest. Particular among these is the change in color of the façade of each house. Indeed, some of these changes are framed by the vertical lines. Above image cropped with respect to Rule of Thirds Other Examples. However, use of the Rule of Thirds does not always apply strictly to lines. In this image of the Mosque madrasa of Sultan Hasan in Cairo, the photographer chose to frame the dome at a crash point, wanting the relatively light color to stick out in the viewer's mind. Also at two other crash points are the corners of the building. Hasan II Mosque in Cairo Finally, crash points can be used to help frame a subject, such as this picture of the Colosseum. In fact, the absence of any ruins at the upper right corner serves to inform the viewer of the state of disrepair that the building experiences currently. The Colosseum in Rome Lesson Summary. The Rule of Thirds is a technique designed to help artists and photographers build drama and interest in a piece. While no rules are hard and fast, the Rule of Thirds does provide the amateur photographer with a series of questions that help him or her compose their images. By asking the artist to identify what is to be emphasized, the Rule of Thirds provide an opportunity to make sure that a composition is neither too busy nor too empty to be of interest. To unlock this lesson you must be a Study.com Member. Create your account Register to view this lesson. Are you a student or a teacher? I am a student I am a teacher Unlock Your Education. See for yourself why 30 million people use Study.com. Become a Study.com member and start learning now. Become a Member Already a member? 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                            [body] => Rule of Thirds in photography Composition tips you should know Scroll Rule of thirds definition. In photography, the rule of thirds is the composition rule that places the subject to the right or the left third of an image – leaving the other two thirds open. This also applies in the vertical dimension, thus the photo is divided into nine areas, split by vertical and horizontal lines.      Why do photographers use the rule of thirds? The rule of thirds is a great guideline to follow as a beginner, but it’s rather popular amongst experienced photographers who have been in the photography world for some time.  So, why do photographers continue to use the rule of thirds? The simple answer is because it works! The human brain responds well to balance, and the rule of thirds provides this. This is because we know that people’s eyes usually go straight to an intersection point rather than the centre of an image – hence it makes sense to shoot a photo whilst following the guidelines of the rule of thirds.  Photographers are able to balance an image through the rule of thirds by positioning the key elements at the gridlines. The key elements create visual interests whilst balancing out the remaining two-thirds of open space. Ultimately, it gives a viewer a positive feel when looking at the photo. Imagine a picture when the focus is in the centre – this normally gives an off-putting feeling as it makes the photo look static. The reason for this is because the eye of the viewer has nowhere to wander, and all they can see is the subject and do not naturally pay any to the background.  This is why the rule of thirds gives an appealing look, as it allows the viewer to see all, the subject and the story of what is happening behind.  The composition from the rule of thirds provides a more engaging photographic experience. And as photographers know this, it makes sense as to why they use the rule of thirds.    Rule of thirds composition tips. As mentioned, the rule of thirds in photography is popular to use, but if you are just beginning to use this guideline, here are some tips.    Know your point of interest. There are four key points of interest, and these points are where the vertical and horizontal lines pass through each other. It is at these points where the key element should be placed to create a more pleasing photograph. However, if you are photographing children, it might be tough to keep them at one of these points as they might not enjoy sitting still.  If this happens, do not panic, you can adjust the image during the editing stage to make sure the subject is on one of these points of interest.     Slow down. As a beginner, there is so much to remember that paying attention to composition when taking a photo can be challenging. This can cause some photographers to not be focusing on their subject and just snap a picture whilst they can as they are worried they will miss the opportunity.  Do you feel that this might be you? If yes, don’t worry because as time passes, you will gain more experience and find that you are able to slow down and apply guidelines such as the rule of thirds.  When shooting an image whilst following the rule of thirds, a photographer needs to slow down, take in everything and then shoot. Taking it slow and calmly will mean you are more likely to capture an amazing image.  But remember, no matter how great a picture is, most of them will still need some editing, even if it is a simple crop.    Rule of thirds landscape. For many, the rule of thirds is seen to only be used when your main subject is a person, animal, or even an object such as a chair. However, this guideline can still be used when picturing a landscape. It might seem less simple to follow the rule of thirds when photographing a landscape as there isn’t a clear subject, making it a challenge to know what to put on the points of interest – yet it can still be done.  When using the rule of thirds to shoot landscapes, put the horizon either on the upper or lower third.  Depending on where you place the horizon, the results will give a different feel to the viewer. This is why we recommend when taking pictures of a landscape to take at least two photos. One with the horizon on the upper third, and the other photo with the horizon on the lower third. Doing this allows you to see which photo is better and gives a more appealing look.     Practise with your camera’s rule of thirds grid. Technology continues to advance. Due to this, cameras now include a setting to provide a visual grid when taking a photo – this can be found in your viewfinder. Using this grid helps you see where to position your subject. At the start, you will be using this feature for each photo, but as time progresses, you’ll find that you no longer have to rely on it – you’ll be a pro.     Read Story Best Christmas photos 2021 Top tips for taking the best holiday photos Read Story Sticky Merry Christmas to you all… ...and a very Happy New Year 2022 Merry Christmas! 🎁 Get 15% OFF any photo or video session using the code XMAS15 🔥 BOOK NOW X
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                            [body] => What is the rule of thirds in photography? Share284TweetPin1.6K1.9K Shares As photographers, one of our goals is to create visually strong images. Composition, which is the placement of subjects within a frame, should be considered and used purposefully in order to enhance the visual aesthetics of an image. The Rule of Thirds (ROT) is one of the more well known and utilized tools a photographer has at his/her disposal as a means to enhance composition within a photograph. Painters, during the Renaissance period, found that the most pleasing placement for the subjects in their paintings was based around the Rule of Thirds. Many of today’s photographers have adopted this principle when composing images. The general principle behind the Rule of Thirds is to divide your frame into nine parts with two horizontal lines and two vertical lines placed equally throughout the frame. The Rule of Thirds specifies that placement of a main subject within a frame should fall along one of the vertical ROT lines, as this will help lead a viewer’s eye through the frame and enhance the viewer’s visual experience within the image. Western cultures read images left to right, top to bottom, therefore subject placement along the right ROT line is typically favoured because it allows the viewer of an image to gradually explore the first two thirds of the frame, gathering information about the image, then stop at the two thirds point to view the main subject. By the time the viewer has explored the first two thirds of the frame, it is believed the viewer is more invested in the image and will linger longer within the frame. This type of scan path typically enhances an image. However, placement of a subject along the left horizontal Rule of Thirds line can also be powerful. Left line ROT placement of a subject allows for a more shared experience between the viewer and subject, especially if the subject’s placement is one of looking into and across the remaining two thirds of the frame. This type of placement allows the viewer to almost be present in what the subject is experiencing which enhances visual experience. Placement of the main subject or primary interest of the frame at one of the intersecting horizontal and vertical lines within the Rule of Thirds will further enhance image composition. With a human subject positioning an eye of that subject at one of the intersecting points along the ROT lines is said to further strengthen composition and viewer experience because the human eye naturally rests at the intersecting ROT lines. The Rule of Thirds recommends placing horizon lines or implied horizon lines within an image along one of the horizontal ROT lines, as it is believed this evokes a more natural and comfortable experience for the viewer. This type of placement also allows for the photographer to make a decision about what will be the primary subject within a frame, specifically with landscape imagery and imagery where the main subject is more ambiguous. In landscapes, will the sky and clouds take up two thirds of the frame and therefore be showcased or will it be the foreground taking up two thirds of the frame and become the primary source of interest? In the image below, the mountain takes up the majority of the frame as the horizon line has been placed at the one third mark and is therefore the primary source of interest. It is always best to keep composition in mind prior to pressing the shutter rather than try and fix an image in post processing. Keep the Rule of Thirds in mind when composing your shot in camera. Many cameras have Rule of Third grids, which can be turned on in camera, or focal points, which closely line up with the intersecting points along the Rule of Thirds grid. If your camera does not have an internal grid or you question composition, there are many helpful apps available for your smart phone, which will showcase a scene with the Rule of Thirds to help you decide on image composition before you capture the image in camera. Once an image is pulled into a post processing program such as Lightroom, Photoshop, or Photoshop Elements, the composition of the image may be tweaked by simply selecting the crop tool and choosing the Rule of Thirds grid overlay. They say that rules are meant to be broken. Knowing when and why you are breaking the rules is important. Keep in mind that the Rule of Thirds is more of a suggested guideline for composition. Perhaps you’ll come across a scene, which allows for flexibility with compositional rules. That’s okay! Until then, consider using the Rule of Thirds as a guideline in order to create compositionally stronger and more visually pleasing images. Related: Beyond the Rule of Thirds Share284TweetPin1.6K1.9K Shares About the Author: Gina Yeo . Gina Yeo is a natural light hobbyist photographer residing with her husband and three children in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Gina is strongly drawn to the light and shadows in her everyday environment. Gina aims to capture and preserve simple everyday childhood moments and is also captivated by landscape photography. Gina authors Discover the Magic in Everyday Light which can be found in the Click and Co Store. Previous Post Next Post Related Posts . Clickin Moms 12th Annual Summer Photo Hunt . June 22nd, 2020 | 2 Comments 2019 Gift Guide: What to Get Your Favorite Photographer . November 27th, 2019 | 3 Comments How to use the HSL panel in Lightroom . November 26th, 2019 | 4 Comments 6 Things you can do right now to fuel your creativity . November 12th, 2019 | 4 Comments How to photograph your Halloween costumes . October 29th, 2019 | 1 Comment Step away from the computer! How to streamline your editing workflow . October 22nd, 2019 | 4 Comments How to photograph your kids playing sports like a pro . October 15th, 2019 | 2 Comments And the 2019 Clickin Walk photo contest winners are… . October 10th, 2019 | 8 Comments Fall activities to do with your kids that are totally photo-worthy . September 23rd, 2019 | 3 Comments Leave A Comment Cancel reply. CLOSE
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                            [body] => Rule of Thirds in Photography Written by Matic Broz - Updated on December 2, 2021 If you’re a beginner photographer, learning about the rule of thirds is a great starting point. It’s easy to understand, integrated into every camera and photo editing program, and produces fantastic photos. Undoubtedly, by learning the rule of thirds, you’ll quickly become a much better photographer. Of course, there are times when you should avoid the rule of thirds. But before you learn how to break it, you need to know how to use it. In this guide, you’ll learn everything you need to know about the rule of thirds to become a better photographer. Table of contents. What is the rule of thirds?How to use the rule of thirds?Rule of thirds examplesRule of thirds for portraitsRule of thirds in landscape photographyRule of thirds in post-processingRule of thirds alternatives What is the rule of thirds? In photography, the rule of thirds is a compositional guideline in which an image is horizontally and vertically divided into thirds. At the same time, the main subject is placed at one of the intersections or along with one of the lines. The image is thus divided into 9 equal parts. Rule of thirds grid When you’re framing a photo, you either have to imagine the grid or enable it in your camera. Now that you know what the grid looks like, let’s identify the four points of interest. We call them intersections (coloured in red). To make your photos interesting and well-balanced, you should align objects with the intersections. These might include people, flowers, coffee mugs, and pets. But what do you do when you don’t have an apparent object in your scene? It happens a lot in landscape photography. Then, you should align the leading lines with one of the four grid lines. For example, the horizon, tree lines, riverbanks, and seashores. How to use the rule of thirds? Now that you know what the rule of thirds is, let’s look at how you can use it in your photos. Essentially, the rule of thirds tells you not to place the main elements in the centre of photos. For example, if you’re photographing a waterfall, you wouldn’t put it directly in the centre. Instead, you’d shift it to the left or right. All the leading lines, the main object(s), and the background should be aligned with the grid lines or placed at the intersections. These four guidelines will instantly improve your photos: 1. Align objects with intersections. When you photograph, imagine the grid of thirds or enable it as an overlay on your camera. Then, align your subject with one of the four intersections. Take the following image as an example. A photographer placed the hummingbird and the flower at opposite intersections. The hummingbird and the flower are ideally placed on the grid intersections. In this example, elements placed on opposite sides of the image balance it perfectly. Not only that, but both are also similarly shaped. 2. Align leading lines with grid lines. The second part of the rule instructs you that you should align the linear elements of your image with the grid lines. You can align your elements with either horizontal or vertical grid lines. Whichever you choose depends on the orientation of your objects and the scene. For example, you can align objects such as the horizon, beaches, treelines, and walls with horizontal grid lines. Conversely, elements such as waterfalls, pillars, tree trunks, and even people look best when you align them with one of the vertical grid lines. This way, the photo becomes more aesthetically pleasing. And you can give more emphasis to the most interesting part of the scene. In the photo below, the photographer aligned the horizon with the bottom grid line. As a result, they split the scene into 2/3 sky and 1/3 beach. The beach was aligned with the bottom horizontal gridline For this particular image, this was an excellent choice. Conversely, splitting this scenery into 1/3 sky and 2/3 beach would probably result in a dull or unbalanced photo. 3. Use diagonals. A more advanced but effective tactic is aligning objects with the diagonals produced by the grid. It’s particularly effective with irregularly shaped objects. For example, rivers, roads, and paths all fall into this category. Instead of giving a river a left-to-right direction, you can position it on a diagonal. Just make sure to align the serpentines with the grid. In the photo below, the road enters the bottom-left, crosses the bottom-left intersection, and then meanders towards the top-right intersection, where it exits the frame. The road zigzags diagonally across the frame. Composing your photo this way will make your eyes wander around the image, making it significantly more interesting. In contrast, this photo would immediately become less interesting if the road was placed on the horizon. 4. Break the rule of thirds. I briefly mentioned breaking the rule of thirds before. In rare cases, completely disregarding the rule is the best option. So the question is: “When should I break the rule of thirds?“ You may break the rule of thirds any time. No photography police are going to get you. 🙃However, the best time to break it is when there’s some symmetry in the scene. Symmetry in landscape photography is rare, but you can use reflections in lakes, rivers, seas, and wet roads. Breaking the rule of thirds with symmetry To make your photos even better, try slightly shifting the horizon off the centre. You will get a better composition. Notice how the reflected peak is closer to the bottom edge of the photo than the top from the top edge. Rule of thirds examples. Now, let’s look at a few examples of the rule of thirds in actual photos. I want to make sure you understand the composition ideas behind these examples. Example #1. Rule of thirds: Example #1 There are 3 main takeaways for you from this image. The horizon is aligned with the bottom horizontal grid line. This splits the photo vertically into 1/3 foreground and 2/3 sky (background).The tree is not centered. The frame is slightly shifted to the right, aligning the tree with the left vertical grid line. The asymmetry of the photo, in which the rule of thirds is applied perfectly, demonstrates that such a composition is much more pleasing to the eye.There’s nothing on the right. By leaving empty space on the right, the tree gets more attention and becomes the main subject of the photo. If there were any objects on the right, they would only serve as a distraction. Example #2. Rule of thirds: Example #2 The second example is analogous to the first one. For two reasons, the horizon is not perfectly aligned with the bottom horizontal grid line.The horizon in this image is not horizontal nor a straight line, which would make aligning it with any grid line impossible. However, it still loosely follows the rule of thirds.Aligning the horizon with a grid line would push the windmill (the main object) out of the frame. The windmill is placed on one of the grid lines. To improve this photo, you could take a few steps back or zoom out. This way, you would get more foreground in the shot while simultaneously making the windmill smaller. The foreground suggests that there might be more curves below the current photo, which might help you improve the composition even more. Example #3. Rule of thirds: Example #3 This is my favourite photo from this series. It’s a very simple photo with an awesome composition that would be difficult to replicate. Let’s break it down: The bee in focus is in the top-left intersection. Clearly, it’s the most interesting subject in the photo.More bees are on the bottom-left. These bees are in focus as well, representing an anchor point in the image.The bees in the top right are perfectly aligned with the intersection but are out of focus. This way, the image tells a story about “bees coming from the right and landing”. Additionally, the bees in the top right are blurred out by a shallow depth of field; thus, not taking away attention from the main subject.The bottom-right quadrant is empty. This way, all the attention is focused on the one bee.Shallow depth of field. The shallow depth of field has nothing to do with the rule of thirds, but it creates a smudged foreground and bokeh in the background, shifting all attention to the bees. Example #4. Rule of thirds: Example #4 Example #4 is from my home country, Slovenia. For those interested, this is Bled, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. The boat is at the bottom-left intersection.An island with a church is at the top-right intersection.A branch on the top left and a deck on the bottom act as vignettes. Example #5. Rule of thirds: Example #5 All objects are positioned in the right half in this photo, while the left half remains empty. While the photo partly breaks the rule, it’s kind of in a bad way. In my opinion, this composition does not work. You could improve it by removing or repositioning the clock. In the photo below, I moved the clock, and it immediately improved the photo. The clock and the plant now neatly follow the rule of thirds. Rule of thirds: Example #5 – corrected To improve this composition, I would straighten the table (crooked images are a big “no-no”). And I would remove the lamp as it serves clutters the picture. Example #6. Rule of thirds: Example #6 The image of Example #6 can also be dissected into 3 unequal parts. Moreover, it teaches us more than the mere rule of thirds. The photo is divided into three segments. The foreground (the pool), the main objects (the waterfall and the wall), and the background (the sky).The waterfall is perfectly aligned with the left vertical grid line.The waterfall flows into the frame from the left to the right. If it flowed from the right to the left, it should be positioned onto the right vertical grid line, to once again flow into the frame. Rule of thirds in portraits. In portrait photography, the rule of thirds is used to achieve perfect composition by aligning people or their faces with the grid lines. Portrait photographers usually position the subject’s face to align the top horizontal line with their eyes. The image below is a prime example of a precisely used rule of thirds in portrait photography. Rule of thirds in portrait photography #1 Sometimes you might want to centre your subject horizontally, and that’s okay, but then, try to align their eyes with the upper horizontal grid line, like in the example below. Rule of thirds in portrait photography #2 We often make vertical shots in portrait photography because people (vertical objects) better fit into a vertical frame. Let’s look at an example of a vertical portrait photo that follows the rule of thirds. Rule of thirds in portrait photography #3 Rule of thirds in landscape photography. In landscape photography, we use the rule of thirds to simplify complex compositions. Landscape photos often contain several elements that have to be balanced out across the frame to make a photo interesting and understandable. If you’re a relative beginner, you might not have yet realized that even small detail, such as misplaced rock, can be detrimental to a photo’s success. The photo below loosely follow the rule of thirds, but the photographer dared to break it. The pine tree is not aligned with a grid line, and the trees on the cape on the left don’t align with a vertical grid line, either. However, the photographer managed to compose their shot following the rule of thirds. If you pay attention, you’ll notice that the photograph is divided into thirds: Horizontally: lake as a foreground, mountains as the middle section, clouds as a background, andVertically: mountains and the cape on the left, free view in the centre, and pine blocking the view on the right. Rule of thirds horizontally In landscape photography, you will often deal with the horizon, which you should try to position on one of the vertical grid lines. In contrast, vertical objects, such as trees, are used to frame a photo when you position them along with one of the vertical gridlines. Rule of thirds vertically Rule of thirds in post-processing. Post-processing (also known as photo-editing) is where you can fix any compositional mistakes you made during your photoshoot. The rule of thirds is so popular that you can find its grid in virtually every photo editing app. Let’s look at a few examples of photo editors and how you can enable the rule of thirds grid. Starting with the most popular: 1. Rule of thirds grid in Lightroom. First, import your photo into Lightroom, go to the Develop module, and click on the Crop Overlay button that’s right below the histogram. Natively, Lightroom will already have the rule of thirds grid selected. It should look like this. Rule of thirds in Lightroom In some cases, your rule of thirds grid might not be there, or you changed it to another grid. To enable the rule of thirds grid in Lightroom, go to Tool > Crop Guide Overlay > Thirds. How to enable the rule of thirds grid in Lightroom 2. Rule of thirds grid in Photoshop. You can apply the rule of thirds grid in two 2 ways in Photoshop. Option #1 Click Crop Tool in your sidebar (hotkey: C) or go to Edit > Crop.Click the little grid icon in the top bar that says Set the overlay options for Crop ToolChoose the first option that says Rule of Thirds.Check the Always Show Overlay option. Rule of thirds in Photoshop Option #2 Go to Edit > Preferences > Guides, Grids & Slices or press Ctrl + K (Command + K on macOS) and navigate to the Guides, Grids & Slices submenu.Choose Gridline Every: 100 and Percent and Subdivision: 3Click OK.If you still can’t see the gridlines, you need to enable the extras. Go to View and check Extras (Shortcut: Ctrl + H). Rule of thirds grid setup in Photoshop alternatives. Having already said that the rule of thirds is more of a guideline than a rule, there are several ways to break it. 1. Golden spiral rule. The golden spiral rule is derived from the golden ratio (also called divine proportion), which is much more intertwined in our lives than we realize. To visualize the golden ratio, consider the rectangle below. Golden ratio scheme The golden ratio is the ratio of a to b when a equals a+b, which can also be written with an expression: a/b=(a+b)/a. Solving this equation for b=1 returns a=1.618…, and this is called the golden ratio. The golden ratio can be easily found in nature flower petals, sunflower seed heads, pinecones, tree branches, cauliflowers and other vegetables, shells, spiral galaxies, hurricanes, and even faces, so it comes as no surprise that we find it appealing. To use the golden spiral rule in photography, imagine the shell-like spiral and use its centre to align the main subject or the focal point. Golden ratio example The golden spiral rule is best used with images with only one main subject or one focal point. For a more complex composition, I still recommend the rule of thirds. 2. Centre everything. Another viable alternative to the rule of thirds is centring the point of interest, both horizontally and vertically. This technique is best used when you want to emphasize symmetry or contrast, for example, forest vs deforested area, one colour vs another colour, or even for creative portraits, such as when only half of the face or person is lit. The road is centred, splitting the image in half. Cultivated vs empty field create a contract that split the image in half diagonally. 3. Freestyle. There’s another rule in photography that says, “Don’t follow any rules. Have fun and experiment.”. This means that you should go out with a camera and have fun photographing anything that piques your interest. It doesn’t matter if you end up deleting most of your photos. We often put ourselves into a box and don’t give ourselves a chance to explore, experiment, and take photos. After all, isn’t that what photography is all about? Next time you go for a shoot and find a good location, just scout around for a couple of minutes. Use your camera or even your smartphone and walk around trying different compositions until you find one or a few that you like, and only then set up a tripod, considering you need it. The rule of thirds is partially applied. Summary. To sum up, the rule of thirds is a helpful guideline that serves as a good starting point for beginners. Of course, there are many excellent alternatives, such as the Golden Spiral rule or following no rule at all. It’s up to you to decide and learn which is the best choice for each situation. Happy composing! Hand-picked related articles. What is Golden Hour in Photography? Macro photography. Photography: Definition, History, and Basics. A photographer just signed up for the Photutorial's newsletter Save up to 60% on Luminar Neo this holiday season. See it
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                            [body] => Rule of Thirds in Photography Explained (Examples + Visuals) Updated on May 4th, 2021 The rule of thirds is a powerful compositional device – and can often be the difference between a stunning photo and a boring one. But what actually is the rule of thirds? How does it work? And should you always apply it in your compositions? In this article, I’m going to take you through everything you need to know about this compositional “rule.” I’ll explain how you can apply it to different types of photos for great results. And I’ll include plenty of tips, tricks, and helpful pointers. By the time you’re done, you’ll be creating beautiful compositions like a pro! Let’s get started. What Is the Rule of Thirds in Photography? The rule of thirds is a fundamental compositional guideline. It uses a three-by-three grid to position the important parts of your photo, so that main compositional elements are positioned a third of the way into the frame. Here’s the rule of thirds grid: Therefore, to follow the rule of thirds, you generally need to place your horizon along one of the horizontal gridlines. And you generally need to place your main subject(s) at the intersection of horizontal and vertical gridlines (known as power points). It’s how you can achieve a balanced image such as this one: With the horizon falling along a horizontal gridline, and the main area of interest perfectly targeted by a power point. What Is the Origin of the Rule of Thirds? While the rule of thirds has been used by artists going back at least to the Rennaissance, it was explicitly formulated by a painter, John Thomas Smith, in the late 18th century. You see, artists realized that too much symmetry in a piece of art led to it becoming “awkwardly suspended” – so that there was no real flow in the composition. The rule of thirds, on the other hand, advises artists to position their compositional elements with noticeably different proportions within the scene. So instead of painting (or, in our case, photographing) a landscape with half sea and half sky, you put the sea in the bottom third or bottom two thirds of the frame, you put the sky in the top two thirds or top third of the frame, and you got a dynamic, energetic composition! When the rule of thirds is carefully applied, the viewer observes the piece of art and their eye starts to wander, lingering on different portions of the composition – which is often ideal. Plus, the rule of thirds helps maintain balance in a frame, by offsetting a main subject in one third of the composition with a less eye-catching area in the remaining two thirds of the composition. It’s important to note, then, that the rule of thirds is not just designed for photography. Artists of all stripes use it, from painters to cinematographers and more. Why Does the Rule of Thirds Work? The rule of thirds helps your compositions achieve two things: Balance. And flow. Each of these items on their own may not make for a stunning shot – but taken together, it’s the recipe for a truly great result. Specifically, the rule of thirds balances your composition by offsetting “heavy” elements in one third of the frame by “light” elements in two thirds of the frame. Like this: Do you see how the lower portion of the photo stands out – but is carefully balanced by the upper, emptier portion of the photo? That’s the rule of thirds at work. As for flow: By dividing your composition into differently sized sections, the rule of thirds helps guide the eye from element to element, rather than pushing it toward the center of the frame and keeping it there. That way, the viewer doesn’t get stuck in one place. Instead, they go on a journey throughout the image. How Can You Use the Rule of Thirds in Portrait Photography? Portrait photography is a great place to start with the rule of thirds. Why? Because you’ll generally have a clear point of interest (a person!), plus a uniform background. You see, when applying the rule of thirds, I highly recommend you start by recognizing the main subject of your composition. Then place that main subject along a gridline – and ideally at an intersection point. In portrait photography, this means putting your portrait subject along a vertical gridline. And I highly recommend aligning the subject’s head with an upper rule of thirds intersection point. In fact, if possible, you’ll want to place the subject’s eye precisely under the point of intersection, like this: I’d also recommend you bear in mind a corollary to the rule of thirds, often referred to as the rule of space. Rule of Space. The rule of space states that your subject should have room to look into. So if your subject is facing slightly left, make sure they’re on the leftmost gridline, with plenty of space on the left side. And if your subject is facing slightly right, make sure they’re on the rightmost gridline, with plenty of space on the right side. Following the rule of space will keep your compositions fluid and relaxed (whereas violating the rule of space will often create tense, uncomfortable results). How to Use the Rule of Thirds in Landscape Photography. In landscape photography, the rule of thirds often relies heavily on your positioning of the horizon line. After all, most landscape shots have a clear horizon. And by carefully positioning this along the upper or lower horizontal gridline, you can create a shot that feels both balanced and dynamic, like this: Note that, before applying the rule of thirds, you’ll want to think about the type of scene you’re working with. When the sky is dramatic and bold, you’ll often want to emphasize it by putting the horizon line on the bottom horizontal gridline. But when the sky is boring but the foreground offers a lot of interest, you’ll want to do the reverse: Here the point of interest is the river in the foreground and so the horizon is placed close to the upper horizontal line. Colorado River (Arizona) Place the foreground in the bottom two-thirds of the frame, with the horizon line sitting on the upper horizontal gridline. To be clear: The rule of thirds in landscape photography doesn’t end with the horizon line. You’ll often want to carefully position eye-catching elements (such as waterfalls or interesting rock formations) along the vertical gridlines, and ideally at intersection points. But placing the horizon line is often the first thing you’ll want to do – and it’s a great way to get the compositional ball rolling! Rule of Thirds Photography Tips. Now that you understand the rule of thirds and how to use it, let’s take a quick look at a few helpful tips for applying it in your compositions: Use the Rule of Thirds Camera’s Grid Overlay. Nearly every camera offers a rule of thirds grid overlay: a three-by-three grid that will be applied overtop your images. (If the grid overlay isn’t showing on your camera, I recommend exploring the menu; it’s almost certainly there!) And the rule of thirds overlay is super helpful. First, if you’re only just learning about the rule of thirds, the overlay will keep the concept fresh in your mind, and give you a quick way to align your composition with the proper gridline positions. Rule of thirds grid overlay on Sony a6000 camera. But the overlay remains useful, even once the rule itself is ingrained in your mind. The overlay can often act as a subtle reminder to position your subject slightly to the left or right, up or down – and it also just helps you visualize the precise dimensions of the rule of thirds. So make sure it’s switched on! Use Visual Helpers When Editing Photos. Pretty much every popular editing suite – including both Adobe Lightroom and Skylum’s Luminar – offer some sort of rule of thirds crop overlay. So even if you fail to follow the rule of thirds when you’re out shooting… …you can fix it pretty easily during post-processing! It’s important to note: You should always try your best to get the composition right in-camera. But things happen, especially if you’re a beginner. You might forget to apply the rule of thirds. Or you might accidentally place your compositional elements slightly out of alignment with the rule of thirds. And that’s when cropping to achieve the rule of thirds is a good idea. Here’s how it works: First, open your photo in a post-processing program such as Lightroom. Access the Crop tool. In Lightroom and Luminar, you should automatically see a rule of thirds overlay. If the Rule of Thirds overlay is not active by default, start pressing the “O” shortcut to activate it. Then use this overlay to guide yourself while cropping! Easy, right? Breaking the Rule of Thirds in Photography. The rule of thirds is a great compositional guideline. But despite the name, it’s not a rule. There are times when you’ll want to break the rule of thirds for an even more impactful image. For instance, if your subject is small in the frame, you might place them below or above a horizontal gridline for a minimalistic effect. And if your subject offers interesting symmetry, you might place them smack-dab in the center of the frame for a very intense shot. Like this: Forest Gump Point (Utah) So while it pays to know the rule of thirds – and to always have it in the back of your mind – you should also experiment with other compositions for unique effects. Examples of the Rule of Thirds. Now let’s take a quick look at some rule of thirds examples. First, we have a nice landscape shot with a dramatic sky: Oahu (Hawaii) Notice how the horizon follows the lower gridline; this serves to emphasize the sky and deemphasize the foreground. And here is the opposite. The colorful foreground pattern is given higher visual significance. Then we have a portrait shot, where the subject is positioned along a vertical gridline and the eyes sit close to the rule of thirds power points: If you’re learning about the rule of thirds for the first time, I highly recommend you head over to your favorite photographer’s website. Then browse through their gallery, noting where the rule of thirds is applied, and noting how they applied it. Because learning by example can be very powerful – and it’s a great way to get familiar with the rule of thirds, fast. Conclusion. The rule of thirds might sound complicated, but – as you now know – it’s really not! Just remember to turn on your rule of thirds overlay grids when capturing photos and when editing. And don’t forget to identify your main subject before composing. Pretty soon, you’ll be capturing stunning images like a pro! Articles Related to “Rule of Thirds in Photography Explained (Examples + Visuals)“. Elements and Principles of Photography Perspective in Photography Lines in Photography Form in Photography Repetition in Photography Symmetry in Photography Composition by Viktor Elizarov I am a travel photographer and educator from Montreal, Canada, and a founder of PhotoTraces. I travel around the world and share my experiences here. Feel free to check my Travel Portfolio and download Free Lightroom Presets.
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                                    [0] => Reply  Marissa September 26, 2010 at 7:33 AM The picture with your younger daughter sitting on the chair outside, did you use a certain editing technique to make the background blurred like it is or was that solely the result of the aperature?
                                    [1] => I’ve seen pictures like that and have always wondered how the photographer achieved that?
                                    [2] => Do you know the lowest number you can set your aperture to?
                                    [3] => Reply  Courtney September 28, 2010 at 8:33 AM Hope you share a photo so we can see your work :O) Reply  Martin January 19, 2011 at 5:15 AM For the pictures above did you use the centre focus point and recompose or did you use the off centre focus point?
                                    [4] => :) Reply Are You Making These 7 Common Photography Mistakes?
                                    [5] => Remember the rule of thirds?
                                    [6] => What great info!
                                    [7] => So do you meter on the eyes then move the camera to put them in the top 1/3?
                                    [8] => Do you have a Canon or Nikon?
                                    [9] => Is there any special technique you used to capture the girl’s reflection in the first picture under “Looking into the frame” where she’s looking out the window?
                                    [10] => My question is: does this rule of thirds apply when taking pictures of objects as well?
                                    [11] => How do I practice rule of thirds when I am photographing four people or even just two?
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                            [body] => photo tips start here Resources education FREE Workshop with Courtney Slazinik Menu Home » Composition » How to Apply the Popular Rule of Thirds to Your Photography How to Apply the Popular Rule of Thirds to Your Photography Composition One of the easiest ways to make your photography more appealing is to follow the rule of thirds for composition. Now that you know how to change your focal point that won’t be a problem. What is the Rule of Thirds? The rule of thirds is a composition guide to help you draw your viewer into your photo. You want to break your images into a 9 square grid. Think of it like a tic tac toe board. Some cameras offer this type of overlay when you look through your viewfinder. If your camera does not, no worries. You can just imagine it there or use the focal points as a guide as well. Ideally you want to place your subject on one of the thirds of the image. When using the rule of thirds photography as a guide your subject will not be in the dead center of your picture. Points of Interest. There are four points of interest when using the rule of thirds and those are at the intersecting points. In an ideal situation you would place your subject on one of these points of interest. However, when photographing kids or something else that is moving it isn’t always possible. That is perfectly fine. Remember this is just a guide. It isn’t a hard and fast rule. Plus, you can always adjust your image in post processing if you want to make sure your subject is on one of the points of interest. Another thing to keep in mind is that it’s possible to have a mine point of interest and then place something else on an option intersecting point. This creates an invisible diagonal and since our minds are always looking for shapes this helps it to make sense to us. One thing I have found very interesting after learning the rule of thirds is that television and movies use this rule as well. I mean, of course that makes sense, since it is all a form of photography. Have you ever noticed that when you are watching a show and they are showing a conversation between two people but only one person is on the screen at a time, they are in the right or left third?? Very interesting. Several post-processing (PP) programs such as Photoshop and Lightroom (my new favorite) have a grid that can be displayed over your photo to check your composition. This is also very useful when cropping. Ideally, you want the eyes to be where the vertical and horizontal line join. It’s easier said than done sometimes. How to use the Rule of Thirds in Landscape Shots. Landscape shots don’t have a clear subject so it makes it a bit more of a challenge to know what to put on the points of interests. When shooting landscape images I challenge you to put the horizon on the upper or lower third. In fact, each time you shoot a landscape shot consider taking one shot of each. Here are a few examples below of landscape shots using the rule of thirds. These two shots show you the importance of trying the horizon on both the upper and lower third as one is stronger than the other but I wouldn’t have captured it if I hadn’t challenged myself to try both. Rule of Thirds Examples. Horizontal/Landscape photos:You want your subject’s eyes or focus to be in the right or left third. Vertical/Portrait photos:You want your subject’s eyes or focus is in the top or bottom third. Another thing to keep in mind is that your subject is “looking into the frame”. You want there to be empty space for your subject to look at. Same thing applies if if your subject is moving. You want to give them room to “go”. Looking into the frame: Looking out of the frame: Do not do. Leaving room to “go”Please remember that if you take a photo and the subject isn’t looking into the frame or isn’t in a third of a picture, that doesn’t mean you have to trash it. Some of my favorite pictures of my kids aren’t technically correct and they are breaking the rules. Who cares! I love them anyway. Speaking of kids, you can teach this composition rule to them too! Read more about how to involve your children here: Photography for Kids Grab your camera and start practicing. Come back on Friday to join in the Picture Share so we can see your amazing pictures!!! Read more on Composition. 11 Photography Composition Rules to Know to Improve your Photography3 Ways Negative Space Will Enhance Your Photography 60 Comments < Prev Next >
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                            [body] => How to use photography’s rule of thirds — and when to break it By Daven Mathies March 30, 2021 Share The rule of thirds is photography’s most widely known, and widely ignored, compositional “rule.” It divides the frame into thirds, both horizontally and vertically, and states that placing the subject near one of the resulting intersections is better than putting it in the middle. More of a guideline, the rule of thirds is noteworthy because it goes against our natural inclination to make the center of our attention the center of the photograph. This is not how our eyes behave in real life; when we look at something, we look directly at it. In a conversation, we don’t stare slightly off-axis to frame the other person to the left or right of center. But this purposeful misdirection — putting the subject elsewhere from where you expect to find it — is one reason why the rule of thirds can make a photo more interesting. It invites dynamic balance into the frame and encourages the viewer’s eye to remain mobile, rather than come to rest squarely in the middle of the image. What’s important isn’t that you follow this rule to a T, but use it to be more conscious about how you compose your photographs. How to use the rule of thirds. Daven Mathies/Digital Trends In portraiture, try to align your subject’s body along one of the vertical lines in the imaginary rule-of-thirds grid (some cameras actually have grid overlays that can be turned on to assist with this). You should aim to have their face at one of the intersection points (usually, one of the upper ones). For close-ups and headshots, the face itself may be centered, but you can still frame the eyes according the rule of thirds. Your subject’s sight line is also important to where you place them. They should generally be looking into the frame, not off the edge. If they are looking to your left, frame them on the right. If they are looking up, frame them toward the bottom. This gives them some breathing room and allows the viewer’s eyes to follow the subject’s line of sight into the rest of the image. You don’t always have to do this, of course. Framing your subject so that they are looking right off the edge can create tension and a feeling of being trapped. If that helps illustrate the story you’re trying to tell, then it’s the stronger composition. Most of the time, however, this is not the effect we’re going for with a portrait. Daven Mathies/Digital Trends With landscapes, start by placing the horizon at either of the horizontal grid lines. Choosing the lower third will open up more of the sky — a good option when photographing a sunset with interesting colors and clouds — while aligning the horizon with the upper third will put focus on the ground. Vertical objects, like trees, buildings, or mountains, can be matched to the vertical grid lines. Remember, the goal of the rule of thirds is to get you thinking about your composition so you can make an informed choice about subject placement. It doesn’t mean that randomly placing your subject away from the center will make a better image. Other techniques can also help point you toward the strongest composition. Framing. Here, we’re talking about the frame within the frame, something that helps anchor the image and provide context. A rather obvious example of this is photographing a subject through a window frame, but many objects work as photographic frames. A frame can also be made of foreground or background elements and doesn’t have to be something physically close to the subject. For example, you could compose an outdoor portrait so that your subject appears to be framed between a tree in the foreground and a mountain in the distance. It’s the abstract shape that matters. Framing is its own compositional technique separate from the rule of thirds, but the two work hand-in-hand. Your composition will be more dynamic if your subject is not only positioned according to the rule of the thirds, but also framed by other elements within the image. Alternately, a centered subject framed equally on both sides can be used to illustrate strength and steadfastness, while avoiding all framing can lead to a sense of loneliness or emptiness. The story you want to tell will dictate how you use or avoid this rule. Leading lines. Daven Mathies/Digital Trends Like framing, looking for leading lines in an image is all about abstraction. The classic example is a road that snakes off into the distance, forming an S shape. Whether straight or curved, lines are an important compositional tool that serve to guide the viewer’s eye throughout the image. Composing your image according to the rule of thirds can lead to a lot of negative space. By incorporating leading lines into that space, the photo will be more dynamic and draw the viewer’s attention to the subject. Lines that continue off the edge of the frame will create a sense that the scene, and your story, also extend beyond the frame, opening up the viewer’s imagination. Conversely, lines that begin and terminate within the frame will make the scene feel contained, even boxed in. When to break the rule of thirds. All of the best artistic rules are meant to be broken, and the rule of thirds is no different. First and foremost, you shouldn’t let imaginary gridlines dictate how you compose a photograph — think of them as a humble suggestion, something to keep in the background of your mind. If you spend too much time obsessing over perfect implementation of the rule, you’re going to ignore the more important aspects of the image. The rule’s critical lesson is simply that you should not default to placing the subject in the center. Beyond that, there are also some situations where you should purposefully go against the rule of thirds. Storytelling. Telling a story with your photos involves variety, control, and attention to detail. It also requires a fair amount of emotion, which isn’t always possible to convey while adhering to the rule of thirds. In other words, your photo’s story includes far more than technical aspects, and its composition transcends technical limitations. The lovely 2015 video above from Canon Australia, beautifully illustrates what we mean. In this video, six photographers tell six different stories about the same portrait subject. The majority of the portraits still adhere to the rule of thirds in some way, shape, or form, but each photographer does so in brilliantly unique ways. Symmetry. Daven Mathies/Digital Trends Symmetry draws our gaze, so it’s only natural to highlight it when we see it around us. Symmetry is especially pronounced in photographs that feature reflections. For example, imagine a picture of a mountain reflecting in a lake where the water’s far edge perfectly bisects the frame. The two peaks — one physical, one reflected — extend equidistant from the center. You can use the same idea to illustrate vertical symmetry, in which case you’d frame the subject vertically according to the rule of thirds – or intentionally go against them to create an asymmetrical effect. Technical/scientific photos. It’s easy to get caught up in artistry and unique photography approaches, but “good” photographs don’t always need exciting angles or other gimmicks. For example, technical or scientific photos aim to be as clear and concise as possible rather than making an artistic statement. Taking pictures of products for catalogs and marketing images is another instance where you don’t have to worry about being artistic and taking inventive photos; you need to spotlight the product. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t get a little creative with technical images, especially if it means you deliver a more appealing shot. For example, MIT science photographer Felice Frankel doesn’t consider herself an artist. Still, she makes excellent use of color and composition to help scientists better communicate their ideas, proving that there’s always room for artistic flair. Editors' Recommendations . How to use smart lights to up your photography skills Golden hour is photography’s oldest trick. Here’s how to use it Photography 101: What is a histogram, and how do you use it? How to use Snapchat filters How to use the Nokia 9 PureView’s camera to step up your photography game The weirdest tech we spotted at CES 2022 . The 5 best phones announced during CES 2022 . The Boys season 3 to debut on Amazon Prime Video in June . Dell’s Winter Sale is the perfect time to grab a cheap laptop deal . Get a 70-inch TV for only $600 with this Best Buy deal . 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