Creating Effective Images Rule of Thirds
4 key composition techniques • Rule of Thirds • Fill the frame • Use an original point of view • Think “simple”
1. Rule of Thirds • Imagine two lines dividing the photo into equal sections, like a tic-tac-toe board • Position the subject on one of these lines • Creates tension (energy) and interest • Drew Keller, StoryGuide (YouTube)
When we look at an image, our eyes tend to naturally go to these four areas of the frame.
2. Fill the Frame • Keep elements that add to your picture • Remember, the environment can add to your picture or it can detract
3. Point of view • Different from what everyone else has • If you’re the photographer … lie down on the ground, stand on a table… get in close. Change your perspective!
4. Keep it simple • Focus on one subject (focal point) • Have a simple background • Place the subject slightly off-center • Have a distinct foreground, middle ground and background • Be sure that the things in the photo are only those that you want the viewer to see
Point of view • Don’t use the same picture everyone else has • If you’re the photographer – change angle: lie down, stand on a table
Visual Concepts: Size, Rez • Mac/Windows monitor differences • Rez/Gamma • Resolution – pixel density (72 dpi v 300 dpi) • Lossy • GIF (256 colors) • JPG (up to millions) • Lossless • TIFF, PNG
Credits • Kathy E Gill • @kegill • CCL – share and share alike, non-commercial