Sometimes we see a picture and just snap it. Often this is fine and the picture is perfect. But sometimes we see the possibility of a picture and then have to work hard to make it successful. We may need to make technical decisions to do with our cameras, or we might need to make decisions about composition and framing. This tutorial introduces 2 ideas to think about when you are composing your pictures
The Rule of Thirds
Photographers sometimes use an imaginary grid of horizontal and vertical lines to help composition. They divide the image into 3 parts and try to frame the elements of composition using the division lines. Moving the main subject away from the centre of the frame can make the image more powerful and harmonious. You might use just one line or more than one.
Look at the picture at the top of this page. Can you see how Rule of Thirds helps to make it a successful picture. It often works to place the main subject on the right side of the picture. We read from left to right and we look at pictures in the same way. The right vertical line is most often used in ROT Photography and you can see this in the picture of Windsor Castle. You can also see a successful use of Leading lines
Do I have to follow the Rule ?... Of course not... It's not a real rule - and you can make fantastic pictures with the subject slap-bang in the middle of the frame or right in the corner - but it's an idea that can be used sometimes to help improve your photographs
Using ROT to improve composition. Key elements of the picture are placed close to the intersection of 2 lines. Both boys are lying along a horizontal line and their arms and cameras are on the vertical lines. Lukas's camera is exactly on the top right intersection point.
RULE OF THIRDS
Photographers often use Lines to improve their pictures - whether riding them into the frame or using diagonals to strengthen composition. Lines can be natural or man-made
Sometimes the middle is perfect
Rule of Thirds AND Leading Lines
Assignment Rule of Thirds & Leading Lines
Make your own Rule of Thirds & Leading Lines pictures. Try to use more than one line or intersection if possible. Place your subject on both the left vertical and right vertical line and decide which one works best.
Use the Grid Lines on your camera display to assist you with composition