PhotographyComposition: Lines Angles Subject matter Rule of thirds
Rule of ThirdsThe basic principle behind the rule of thirds is to imagine breaking an imagedown into thirds (both horizontally and vertically) so that you have 9 parts.With this grid in mind the ‘rule of thirds’ now identifies four importantparts of the image that you should consider placing points of interest in asyou frame your image.
Rule of Thirds• The theory is that if you place points of interest in the intersections or along the lines, that your photo becomes more balanced and will enable a viewer of the image to interact with it more naturally.• Studies have shown that when viewing images that people’s eyes usually go to one of the intersection points most naturally rather than the centre of the shot – using the rule of thirds works with this natural way of viewing an image rather than working against it.
Rule of ThirdsExamples of good use of points of interest
Centre of the lighthouse Negative space and diagonal follows the vertical line lines of the clouds and snow draw the eye towards the lighthouse Balcony intersectsTop of withmountain in topdistance horizontalmatches linelowerhorizontalline Centre of balcony falls on Vertical line point of interest. goes through centre of top window And frame of bottom window.
Point of interest falls on Negative space leads the eyecentre of subject matter towards the cliff and the ruin Rocks and horizon echo the horizontal line for the bottom third
Side of head Use of depth of field creates follows first vertical soft focus in background lineEyes are on Depth of fieldline of top draws the eyethird. towards the sharp focus in the face
TASK• Using the college, take 10 striking images using the rule of thirds• Remember to MOVE AROUND!• You must take 10 images each• Take loads of photos of the same subject, moving to find the best perspective• Move up and down, as well as closer to objects. You have 30 minutes