It’s Saturday and therefore it’s time for The Lens-Artist’s Photo Challenge. It’s Tina’s turn to challenge us this week. And it’s again a quite technical challenge. She calls for images demonstrating the “Rule of Thirds”.
To understand, what “Rule of Thirds” means, think of 2 horizontal and 2 vertical lines parting your image into 9 equal-sized rectangles. The most important part of the image should be places on one of the 4 points, where a horizontal and a vertical lines are crossing each other. In the screenshot below of an unedited image, I switched on showing these lines. Some cameras are even able to show these lines either in your view-finder or on the big display. Even many smartphones have the ability to help you get more interesting images by overlaying these lines while taking your images.
You don’t need to have your main subject exactly on one of these points. It’s not always possible. But, it gives you a valuable hint for getting better images. And, it’s so easy to incorporate.
Below, you can find some more examples from my archive from different genres.
Don’t get me wrong, following this rule is not a force. It’s a good rule, even many of the old and now-famous painters followed them. But, there are some cases, where it is necessary to break the rule. But, that’s for another post 🙂
My advice for a beginner: stay with the rules until it becomes natural for you, to see the world that way. Then begin to experiment by breaking the rule intentionally and knowing the exact reason why it is necessary to break them in a certain image to reach the next level of photography.
17 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #192 – Rule of Thirds”
Terrific examples Andre – I always love your bee-eaters. And the windmill in the fog is really wonderful
Thank you so much, Tina. That morning in the Netherlands was simply perfect 😊
I love all of these, Andre, but what’s new with that? I always do.
That’s great, Janet. But, nowadays many don’t do. Especially smartphone snappers don’t do and thus get boring images
I meant I always like all your photos, Andre. 🙂
Oh, Janet, I’m feeling so flattered. thank you so much 😊
The flamingo really caught my eye, but all your photos are gorgeous, André.
Thank you so much, Sofia. 😊
GREAT examples, GREAT photos. Excellent!
Thank you so much, John 😊
Beautiful shots, each one of them
Thank you so much 😊
Wow, your nature shots are awesome!
Thank you so much, Teresa 😊