This is my submission for Brenda’s A Photo Study: Rule of Thirds.
Brenda said, “Photography is an art form and as such need not rely on rules. Yet, it is important for the photographer to keep in mind that the composition rules help create balanced, dynamic, and interesting images that invite a viewer to stay and visit in comfort.”
Before I say anything about rules, I want to share a story with you. When I took my first photographing workshop, I kept receiving one particular feedback from my instructor: “try not to place the subject in the center.”
His words stayed in my mind long after the workshop was over, and the rule of the third became the RULE for me even when taking portraits.
One day my husband said to me, “Why do you always place your subject off the center? It doesn’t look good.”
“I like it that way,” I said, even though, deep down, I do feel that particular portrait with an off-center model looked odd.
I continued following the rule of thirds for more than a year, and, slowly, I began to realize I knew exactly how I wanted my photos to look.
Now go back to what Brenda said about creating balanced, dynamic, and interesting images… my guess is that each of us may have a different definition/idea for “balance, dynamic, and interesting” and because of that, we have our own unique photographing styles.
Thinking back, those days, when I followed rule-of-thirds diligently, had given me a better understanding of how I would create balanced photos. Some of my photos may still look a little weird, but that is more “by-design” nowadays 😉
I took the following American flag photo through mini-blinds. The gap was very small, which made it difficult to focus. I was happy how it turned out.
Which one of the following two do you like better? I like how the left one looks, but the right one gives me more “alone” feeling.
Which one of the next two do you think is more balanced?
Finally… cropping tool, for me, is quite useful for composition. I often move the cropping grid all over my photo to find out which composition I like better.
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