Rule of THIRD in Photography
November 14, 2008, 07:35 AM
by Yogi Sujiwo
rule of third
You can use the rule of thirds as a guide
in the off-center placement of your subjects. Here''s how it works.
Before you snap the picture, imagine your picture area
divided into thirds both horizontally and vertically. The intersections of these imaginary
lines suggest four options for placing the center of interest for good composition. The
option you select depends upon the subject and how you would like that subject to be
We picked the upper-right position for this subject so that
we could see the full shadow and most of the tracks that lead to the seagull.
The lighthouse seems well placed in the upper right just
because the rest of the scene fits nicely into the format.
Here''s a case where you have excellent subject control. You
can have the model pose anywhere along the walkway. The rule of thirds indicates this
placement which also gives the model a definite path to follow within the picture area.
You should always consider the path of moving subjects and,
generally, leave space in front of them into which they can move.
If you don''t, here''s what can happen! This jogger looks
like she''s going to run right out of the picture.
By placing the subject in the lower-left position, we''ve
used the rule of thirds and given the jogger plenty of room to run within the picture.
Here''s another action shot where it''s important to leave
more space in front of a moving subject than behind it.
You can also apply the rule of thirds guidelines to the
placement of the horizon in your photos. Here the center position of the boat and horizon
results in a static feeling.
Let''s move the horizon to the upper third and the sailboat
to the left. Remember, these are the only guidelines. So if you don''t like this subject
placement, try another.
Like this. We''ve moved the horizon line to the lower third.
In general, place the horizon high or low in your scenics, but rarely in the middle.
Just as it''s usually best to place horizons off center,
it''s also best to place verticals off center. For instance, in the picture on the left,
the subject is centered, but on the right, the photographer got a more effective
photograph by simply changing the viewpoint. taken from http://jpgmag.com/photos/1196570
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