Rule of Thirds By Marc Long
Creating A Great Shot • One of the more important principles of photographic composition is the ‘Rule of Thirds‘. • It is the basis for capturing well balanced and interesting shots. Digital Photography School
The Basic Principle The basic principle behind the rule of thirds is to imagine breaking an image down into thirds by drawing both horizontally and vertically lines so that you have 9 equal parts. As you’re taking a photo use your viewfinder or the LCD display and imagine the above grid as you frame your subject.
Points of Intersection With this grid in mind the ‘rule of thirds’ helps you identify four important points in your image. Studies show the human eye is drawn to the points of intersection.
Framing Your Subject As you frame your subject for the photo consider placing a key component of the subject at a point where the lines intersect. The light house is the primary focal point for the human eye.
Using the Lines • The two horizontal and two vertical line are good locations for your subject. • These lines provide a focal point for the eye that is more pleasing than placing the subject in the center of the picture. The vertical line on the left is used to place the subject.
Landscape Shots The rule of thirds is easy to apply to landscape pictures.
View Finder Grid Lines Most cameras have a setting where grid lines appear in the view finder or LCD display. Tip: Using the eye level view finder will produce better pictures. Pictures taken with the LCD screen means holding the camera away from the body increasing the likelihood of camera movement.
Photo Editing Tools • Keep the rule of thirds in mind as you use PhotoShop and Fireworks to edit your photos. • If you shoot a subject from a distance, you will be able to use a crop tool to reframe the image and still follow the rule of thirds.
Turn on Grid Lines • In Photoshop click View…New Guide • Position can expressed a percent or a measurement. • Click OK and a grid line appears (Grid lines do not print). • More lines can be added and moved using the move tool.
Reference • Digital Photography School