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Personally, I believe images and photo composition can be just as important as the content on your blog. You have just a few minutes to grab your reader’s attention and the image/images you choose may very well be the game changer that keeps a reader on your blog.
Rule of Thirds Photography
There are many composition rules and guides, but the rule of thirds is the most basic and often the very first lesson when it comes to photography.
PLACE THE SUBJECT/FOCAL POINT IN ONE OF THE THIRDS OF YOUR IMAGE
This can happen in a variety of different spots in your image, including the:
- Top third
- Right third
- Left third
- Bottom third
THE PHOTOGRAPHY RULE OF THIRDS IS EVERYWHERE
A person’s eye naturally goes to one of the thirds in the image. Look at famous artwork and you will see this time and time again. Take the Mona Lisa for example. Her eyes (focal point) are in the top third of the image. Had her eyes been in the center of the painting, it would not have been as interesting and may have even felt a little awkward.
Take time today when you watch television or a movie. You will notice that the subject is often placed in one of the thirds of the frame, mainly the right or left third. This is especially noticeable when you watch a documentary or any program where a single person is being interviewed alone on camera. Think of how boring if would be if the main character was in the center of the frame the entire show.
RULE OF THIRDS EXAMPLE PHOTOS
It takes time to get used to placing your subject in one of the thirds if you are used to centering them in the image. You may even hear some remarks from your child’s grandparent like…
“This is a lovely picture, but it would have been better if you had placed them in the center of the image.”
Just explain that you’re working with the rule of thirds in photography now, and perfectly centered images are a thing of the past!
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Thank you for the tips. One can never learn too much about taking pretty pictures!
Photography and Tech Update. says
Very good capture. Really helpful post. Rule of thirds is a must learn rule for the photographers.
Erika Swafford says
I use the rule of thirds by default. It really does help with the composition and feel to an image. Many cameras have the rule of thirds guidelines that you can turn on in your viewfinder – very handy!
This was a great post to explain how the rule of thirds works.
Pinned this great post!
Thanks for the tips. I need to work on my photography skills.
Thank you for this post! I’m a photography newbie, and while I love playing with my new camera, I feel like there is SO much to learn. Your simple explanation is easy to understand and very much appreciated 🙂
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Nia B says
Yes I agree this takes some getting used to and I actually had to read this a few times before I actually understood and got it (lol). Thanks for the tips!
Raquel S. Hunter says
Extremely helpful! Makes me want to take a few pictures right now.
@PamelaMKramer - A Renaissance Woman says
This has been a hard one for me to adjust too! I’m always trying to center. lol
Thanks for the article. I’m learning photography as I go and I was unaware of this rule. Thanks so much for the tip. I can’t wait to start playing around with my camera.
Julie Moore says
Thanks for the tips! 🙂 I now know why I always liked certain pictures more than others – they follow these rules! 🙂 Yes, sometimes it’s nice to have things centered, but “artsy” can be so much better. 😀
This is really new to me. I often admire photographs taken for blogs and wondered how people did it. This was a great article and I am looking forward to taking some new photos this weekend.