Rule of Thirds
I was invited to a friends house the other day to look at her holiday pics, and these were not the normal ‘this is me in front of…’ pictures, they were stunning travelog images from some amazing locations. There were a few shots though where the horizon was in the middle of the image (she asked me to look at them with a view to giving some tips so I wasnt just being pedantic ) I mentioned the ‘Rule of thirds‘ and she had never heard of this, so today my top tip is to learn the rule:
Imagine breaking an image down into thirds (both horizontally and vertically) so that you have 9 parts. With this grid in mind the ‘rule of thirds’ now identifies four important lines that you should consider placing points of interest along. The theory is that if you place these points of interest in the intersections or along the lines, your photo becomes more balanced and will enable a viewer to interact with it more naturally.
Studies have shown that when viewing images, people’s eyes usually go to one of the intersection points most naturally, rather than the center of the shot – using the rule of thirds works with this natural way of viewing an image rather than working against it.
Have a look through these gorgeous images and imagine the grid as you browse….