Photography lovers in Maurtius – Welcome to quatre-bornes.com website, I suppose you must be learning something out here. Did any of our tips help you in recent past days, or is it helping you to think wider or is it making you open the scope of your mindset. Today we are going to talk about one of the important factors in Rule of thirds in Photography.The rule of thirds is a compositional rule of thumb in visual arts such as painting, photography and design. The rule states that an image should be imagined as divided into nine equal parts by two equally-spaced horizontal lines and two equally-spaced vertical lines, and that important compositional elements should be placed along these lines or their intersections.
The rule of thirds is one of the most important rules of photographic composition. Landscape photographers are particularly fond of this one, but it works well for many types of subject. The rule of thirds simply says that, instead of placing the main focus of interest in the center of the frame, which makes for a very static composition, that you look to position it on an intersection of the thirds. That is to say one third up and one third in or two thirds up and one third in etc.
Placing the Horizon on the Third
The most common application of the rule of thirds is in placing the horizon in a landscape picture. Take a look at the two versions of a landscape picture below, I hope you’ll agree that the photo on the right is a more satisfying composition. The sky contains very little detail so why show too much of it? In the picture on the right we have enough sky to show that it is a sunny day and now we have more room for interesting subject matter. The picture on the left looks cut in half, we feel unsure what we are supposed to be looking at when the picture is cut in half by the horizon. If we had some interesting clouds to look at, we could just as easily place the horizon one third from the bottom of the picture to show that we are most interested in the sky. But we still wouldn’t place it in the center of the frame. Never, ever put the horizon in the middle.
Also notice, in the pictures above, how the tree takes on more importance in the picture on the right because it now sits on the intersection of the vertical and horizontal third, which is a very powerful position in the frame.
Also the mast is almost exactly on the ‘third’ line making it a very prominent part of the composition.
Placing the main elements of your composition on the thirds, and especially on the intersection of the thirds, is a powerful composition aid and will immediately improve your compositions. Try it with every subject, not just landscapes.
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