Rule of Thirds showing motion is the challenge for #DogwoodWeek2. Most people know the Rule of Thirds, but if you don’t, no worries. I’ll explain it to you. This week is a composition challenge. Week one was a story telling Challenge.
Not every photo comes out of the camera perfect, especially when Mom is trying to capture us in action. The photo above is the one we chose for the challenge this week: Composition: Rule of Thirds Motion. You already know what the rule of thirds is, now is the time to use it. It’s easy to use Rule of Thirds to show motion in your picture.
Not a bad photo right? You can see I’m walking across some ice, but how can the Rule of Thirds make it even better? 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 right third of the photo facing the left two thirds can imply motion to the left. The purpose of the Rule of Thirds is not to take a better quality photo. It is to give anyone looking at your photo a certain feeling or perspective. I’m smack dab in the middle, but the photo and motion would be better if I was not dead center.
By shooting with a high resolution, photos can be cropped to create a better composition. The photo above is an example of not cropping correctly. I’m already on the left side where my motion visually stops. It would be better to leave me in the middle like the original photo.
The photo we chose for the week two challenge is above. I’m cruising along with my motion clearly heading to the left side of the photo, my body is in the bottom third of the photo, and my head is almost on the bottom right red dot if we were to use the grid. It is a pretty simple concept, and can really change the way a subject flows in the photo if you are working with motion.