The Rule of Thirds

Photo Composition Made Easy!

There are many simple tricks and tips you can use in order to make your photos come across as more powerful and pleasing to the eye.  One of the easiest tricks to adopt when you are out taking photos is the “rule of thirds”!  I am going to try my best to explain the rule of thirds to you by using three easy steps.

Step One: Locate the subject matter of the photo.

Step Two: Divide the photo into thirds.

Step Three: Place the subject matter on one of the dividing lines!

It is as simple as that, when looking at an image our eyes naturally look for lines and shapes.  The human eye is looking to fully understand what is laid out in front of it, so naturally the eye wants to condense the photo into easy to read shapes and lines. Cropping the photo using the rule of thirds is just a way to simplify your photo structurally so that it appears less cluttered and easier for the eyes to glance at and really focus in on the subject matter at hand. An example of the perfect use of the rule of thirds is featured below in my portrait entitled “Wildlife on the Herb River” . The subject matter is the two birds on the river.  Notice how I’ve shot and cropped the image so that both birds fall on two of the dividing lines?

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Now here is the part where you get involved!  I want to challenge you to keep the rule of thirds in mind next time you are out with your camera whether it is an i-phone or DSLR camera, take time to see the image unfold before taking that next shot.  What is the subject matter of your image?  Does your image follow the rule of thirds?  Is your image clean and organized? Take some time to really appreciate the composition of your image and  people that view your image will also start to take notice!  Well thanks for tuning in to my brief discussion on photo composition and the rule of thirds.  I hope you learned something valuable! Below is a few more of the pictures I have take this year that really apply to the rule of thirds, use them for some inspiration!

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“A Hidden Gem”

Isle of Hope, Georgia…

Has there ever been a place where you felt at rest?  Have you ever experienced such tranquility that the world dissipates slowly around you and time stops.  This is how I feel when visiting Isle of Hope’s Bluff Drive.  Located on the south side of Savannah the historic drive lies quiet beneath towering 200 year old oak trees, that would make anyone feel small.  Spanish moss dangles and sways in the gentle river breeze above you as you hear birds chirping all around. It is hard to navigate the historic drive because of all the wear and tear as you dodge pot holes and large cracks in the black concrete surface.  It is this rustic feel that gives this quaint drive so mu13ch character.  This is where I grew up and I revisit this place from time to time to both recapture old memories as well as create new ones.  Is there a place in your life that holds true to who you are and serves to be a special reminder of where you came from?  Please comment and share your personal experience and pictures of your special place in the comment feed below.  I’d love to hear from you.  Thanks as always for tuning in! Until next time friends.

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