Thursday, June 13, 2013

The rule of thirds in photography

Most of the greatest pictures are made under the influence of situations and emotions. But if you are asked to take them apart into its component parts, it is possible to identify patterns allowing to get interesting shots. And among these patterns highlights the rule of thirds. In fact, it’s a two-thirds rule, but it is just as common as the rule of three thirds, what does not change the fact and does not reduce its effectiveness.
The rule of thirds involves the location of important compositional elements in the most convenient areas for the perception of the image. These areas are the following: mentally divide the frame area vertical and horizontal lines, like tic-tac-toe. Like this the frame is divided in equal thirds in the vertical and horizontal directions. The main objects of the image are the points of intersection or in their third lines.

If you place the important elements of the composition to these points and lines, it will help to focus attention on the essentials, making the composition more interesting than the locating your subject into the center, as it allows the viewer to make a trip over the frame, and holds the attention much longer.

You can realize it in practice… For example, a landscape picture is better if the horizon is placed on the upper or lower third line and not in the middle, or a lone tree is moved to one of the vertical lines. When watching this picture, look stops on the rocks, concentrated on the left side, where the point of intersections of the lines according to the rule of thirds are shown to be sharper. Then look out on the horizon, at the glowing lights of the city, located just above the imaginary horizontal line of the grid. But after all, strict adherence to the rule is not necessary.

In almost any genre of pictures and in any story you can apply this universal rule. This principle also works in any orientation of frame, both horizontal and vertical.

Human perception is arranged in such a way that we can not hold the attention of all the right parts of the picture. Therefore, not only in order to highlight the main subject, but also for a better perception of the whole image, you must specify the point at which the delayed view falls. In addition, the rule of thirds helps to streamline the composition in a chaotic conglomeration of objects.

The rule of thirds in photography is so common and so often used, that manufacturers of photographic equipments supplied most of the digital cameras with a special display, or a grid on the display.

The rule of thirds is about using mathematical rigor in the creative process, which, however, does not mean that a photographer should add a ruler to his or her arsenal of photographic equipment. Photography is not an exact science, trust yourself and remove the “by eye”, boldly moving away from the rigid framework and standards.

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  1. This are some awesome clicks. Thanks for sharing this important information about photography. This rule will help us to improve our photography.

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