PHOTOGRAPHY COMPOSITION RULES – BALANCING RULE OF THIRDS IN PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTOGRAPHY COMPOSITION RULES

Whenever we upload, crop or look through viewfinder to shoot and image, we usually get 9 squares boxes, spanned in 2 horizontal and 2 vertical lines across your screen. The vertical and horizontal lines helps in photography composition which is more pleasing to human eyes and is part of PHOTOGRAPHY COMPOSITION RULES and one of the rule among compositions is RULE OF THIRDS IN PHOTOGRAPHY. 

The rule of thirds is the most basic composition guidelines while shooting. In Rule of Third we divide our image into nine equal squares with 2 horizontal and 2 vertical lines span across image. These nine squares help in composition of image while shooting, cropping or uploading.

Are there any purposes of it or these are just for design to make you feel good ?

Answer is, those 9 squares actually helps us lot in composing image and also makes sure that image is pleasing to human eyes. So whenever we upload, crop or shoot we do get a facility to compose our image on the basis of horizontal and vertical lines.

WHAT IT IS :

The rule of thirds is the most basic composition guidelines while shooting. In Rule of Third we divide our image into nine equal squares with 2 horizontal and 2 vertical lines span across image. These nine squares help in composition of image while shooting, cropping or uploading.

It uses the natural tendency of human eyes to be drawn toward certain parts/angle of an image. As a photographer, it is a best way of making sure you focus on what viewers wants to see. This theory applies to any subject in any condition to improve the composition and it produces images which are more engaging to human eyes and better balanced.

BALANCING RULE OF THIRDS IN PHOTOGRAPHY:

While composing your image think about the most important element or subject which needs to be in focus. And then try to position them at intersect points of 2 lines. It doesn’t need to be perfectly on the intersection point but try to keep the subject near to lines at least, as below:

RULE OF THIRDS IN PHOTOGRAPHY
Here subject is kept near line or almost on line to have a maximum impact.

We may also need to move back n forth to get the best composition. It will force you to you think more about the composition of image and is always a good hobbit.

PHOTOGRAPHY COMPOSITION RULES:

  • Always keep flowing or moving subject like river, lake or traffic in lower bottom zone.
  • The bottom right point is the strongest for multiple subjects and the upper left point can be weakest for most of the subjects.
  • When an object is alone in an image, the strongest position is the left-hand line.
  • When a subject is not alone, the bottom right point is the strongest for multiple subjects and the upper left point is the weakest.
  • For landscapes shots, like when composing a mountain landscape with lake, rive and tress. You can place the mountain peak in the top zone, the lake in the middle or lower middle zone, and the foreground trees in the bottom zone.
  • For single portrait shot, the subject’s eyes should be placed along the top rule of third line.
  • In portraits with multiple people, the faces are placed on both the top and bottom rule of thirds lines. This is why posing groups in multiple rows is generally more pleasing than if they’re all in a single row.

WITH AND WITHOUT EXAMPLES:

RULE OF THIRDS IN PHOTOGRAPHY
Without ROT : Subject is mainly in center of frame which is not very appealing
RULE OF THIRDS IN PHOTOGRAPHY
With ROT : Moved subject to one of the intersect and impact is quite fruitful
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Without Rule of Third : Again fire is mostly in center of image, looking flat.
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With Rule of Third: Here subject is on the intersection part of lines which makes this image more pleasant.
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Without Rule of Third
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With Rule of Third

USE OF EDITING SOFTWARE :

Even if you miss out to place your main subject in the bracket of “Rule of Third”, you still can achieve this in post-processing. With the help of editing software, you can reposition the important element in your image and move them to any pleasing position to human eyes. Something like this:

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Original Size : Without Crop
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Cropped with Rule of Third

NEEDS TO BE FOLLOWED ALWAYS?

Obviously not, “RULE OF THIRD” is a imaginary grid which just helps us to compose our image which is best suited for human eyes. Every individuals perception is different and one should not be bounded to rule specially when one wants to be creative. Its not necessary to apply this rule everywhere. Sometimes breaking rules and creating your own unique angle and composition may give you best results. Its all about practice, and once you are comfortable with composition you might not need all this tiny details, it will just come out automatically.

However, Before breaking this RULE, learn to use the “Rule of Third” effectively specially if you are a Rookie Photographer. This way you will learn lot about photography composition rather than just trying to break the rules even before knowing it.

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