photography 101: rule of thirds
Hey guys, so you probably know that I love photography. I have always loved it and was always taking pictures as a kid. Then in college I studied Broadcast Journalism where I mostly studied video, but also some still photography. Recently, I took some photography classes at a local college. I thought it would be fun to brush up on some techniques and maybe learn a few things. It was great to get feedback from some "professional" photographers.
I have gotten a few requests to share some photography tips, so I am going to start dedicating Friday posts to photography and my photography 101 lessons. I hope it helps. If you have any requests for certain tips you would like me to share, just email me.
First up: Rule of Thirds
I think most people think that in order to take an awesome picture, you have to have a really nice camera and although that helps make the picture better quality, if the subject(s) of the photo don't look right, there's nothing an expensive camera can change. The rule of thirds is more like a guideline when positioning your subject that you are taking a picture of. If you think of the picture with a tic-tac-toe grid on it. The rule of thirds says that if you place your subject on or near where the grid lines intersect, you will end up with a more visually pleasing photo.
A lot of people tend to believe that the best place for the subject of a photo is the exact middle, and even though sometimes I personally like the effect of a dead-on shot. I think it would depend on the photo. If there is a lot of depth behind the subject, like taking a picture down the middle of a street, the subject being in the center makes sense. But it is technically against the rule of thirds. But even in the photo below, the flowers would align with the top horizontal line... so it's only kind of a rule breaker.
When taking pictures of portraits, make sure the face (or if it's a close up, the eyes) line up with the top horizontal line.