The Rule of Thirds is the Pet Photography Challenge for week two. Once again, Bailie is the subject. Mom takes photos of each of us for the challenge and then chooses the one she thinks is best. I think Bailie’s smile was the winning reason for her photo this week.
What is the Rule of Thirds?
This rule has to do with the composition of the photo. By using this guide, you can change the way a photo makes a person feel when they look at it. The basic premise is to break the photo into thirds using a grid like the one above.
One should try to have the subject of the photo touch no more than two of the intersections (red circles), and the background should be in a 1/3, 2/3 ratio when possible. Having your subject on the left third of the photo facing the right two thirds can imply motion to the right. The purpose of the Rule of Thirds is not to take a better quality photo, it is to give anyone looking at it a certain feeling or perspective. In Bailie’s photo, being in the left third looking slightly left gives one the feeling that she came from the right side of the photo. The bottom two thirds of the photo is snow, and the top one third is the fence.
How does one shoot with the Rule of Thirds?
Many cameras and even phones have a grid you can turn on in your view finder to help you layout your shot a bit better. It is something fun to play around with. A common misconception of many is to always center the subject in a photo, but in reality, a centered photo can often appear rather boring. There are circumstances where some placements are better than others and centered is sometimes good, but try playing around with the rule of thirds. I think you will like what you shoot!