The rule of thirds…oh everyone knows about it

JJWP118But not everyone follows it because rules are made to be broken. Haha. So now what? Well, as my favorite online photography instructor Darren Rowse said in his article Rule of Thirds: “…if you intend to break a rule you should always learn it first to make sure your breaking of it is all the more effective!” Correct. How can you break a rule if you don’t know about it? This most basic of photography composition is oftentimes ignored. Yet time and again it has been espoused and emphasized even by the masters because of its proven value and impact. Not that you have to follow it all the time because there are some shots that are equally striking when you put the point of interest in the center of the frame to create balance or symmetry. Following the rule of thirds come naturally to photographers, it is a guide ingrained in the system. They know what shots are worth taking with the rule in mind, and what shots are best with the subject right smack in the middle of the frame. Go back to the basics of composition and read the article. The good thing about this is you can apply it even in previous photos you’ve taken. Review the photos in your hard drive and through a little editing or post-processing, try cropping them using the rule of thirds and you just might discover some gems. To borrow a metaphor, the ugly ducklings may turn out to be beautiful swans after all.

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2 responses

  1. good point, been looking at paintings by the masters and by modern Thomas Kincade and it is used almost all the time. it is a rule that can be broken and I am of the school that you should learn the rules first. I have a friend who is an exception, he doesn’t want to know the rules but almost always comes out with a stunning photo. has a good eye and isn’t afraid to explore .(except he doesn’t like the rules..)

    December 11, 2012 at 5:23 pm

  2. Love the RoT, although I do overdo it sometimes…

    December 11, 2012 at 5:44 pm

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