Long Island Fine Art Portrait Photography

The Rule of Thirds

Photography has come a long way in a short period of time.  More and more people are picking up their incredibly powerful point and clicks and heading out to capture a personally meaningful image.  There is no need to be a professional photographer or  have a super DSLR to produce an award-winning photograph.  What is needed, however, is an understanding of proper image composition.  In essence, the Rule of Thirds.

What is the Rule of Thirds?  The Rule of Thirds is a loose rule, a general rule, that is applied to the visual arts.  To apply the rule when looking through your camera’s view finder, imagine the scene being divided into three horizontal and three vertical sections, using two horizontal and two vertical imaginary lines.  When exactly applied in photography, instead of placing your subject in the center of your image, place the subject about one-third from the bottom (bottom third), top (top third) or sides (left or right third) of the image.

Rule of Thirds Grid

Rule of Thirds Grid

I like to use the Rule of Thirds on a fairly regular basis.  I find that it makes the images much more interesting and ‘asks’ the eye to look at the entire image which is where the story lies.  When framing a shot, I like the subject to bring the eye into the entire scene.  Even Macro photographs have a deeper scene when the Rule of Thirds is applied.

Here is one of my favorite images where I’ve used the Rule of Thirds to add drama to the shot.

Applying The Rule of Thirds

Applying The Rule of Thirds

The Rule of Thirds can be a very useful tool as you work towards improving your photography portfolio.  But remember too, that rules have been known to be broken.

Breaking the Rules?

Breaking the Rules?

After all, the final artistic impression of your image is what really matters.

Happy shooting!

~ Joanne Henig Photography


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