Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Photography 101: Rule of Thirds

The rule of thirds is a standard compositional rule in visual arts. It is comprised of two horizontal and two vertical lines, placed at equal distances on a frame. Advocates of the rule claim that by positioning your subject accordingly in a cross section of the rule of thirds chart will increase the tension in your photograph and create more interest in your composition that by simply centering your subject.

The red dots on the image above show the power points in the rule of thirds. These are where your subject should be located or the main focus. For a person this would be the eyes.

This can be easily achieved by cropping in your Adobe Lightroom computer program, which overlays the rule of thirds framework, or by using the rulers in Adobe Photoshop. As well as simply using a visual estimate if you don't have either programs.

1 comment:

LaVonne @ Long Wait said...

Thanks for this tip. I appreciate it. I will have to check if PSE has this available when I crop photos.

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