Lesson 5 – Rule Of Thirds

James – closely connected with developing your eye and the composition of your photos is a helpful guide called the ‘rule of thirds’.  When you look through the viewfinder, imagine four lines that form a sort of tic-tac-toe grid in the frame.  There are two horizontal lines and two vertical lines placed a third of the way from the top and side edges of the photograph.  The ‘rule of thirds’ suggests that you should place your subject at one of the intersecting points of those vertical and horizontal lines and not dead center in the frame.  Doing that will create more balance, appear more natural, and will be more pleasing to the eye when looking at your photos.  Why not place your subject in the middle of the photograph?  Because, if you place your subject in the middle or dead center, your eye will be drawn to the middle of the photo and will miss all of the interesting composition around it.  The eye has no where to go because it’s surrounded by empty or negative space.  Of course, all rules are meant to be broken and there will be exceptions.  But in the main, sticking to the rule of thirds will make your photos more visually pleasing.  So, develop your eye, consider your composition, and follow this simple rule of thirds.  I’ll be in touch in a few days with another lesson for you to think about.

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