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Rule of Thirds

Post by Hanne on Mon Oct 12, 2009 7:58 pm

What is the Rule of Thirds?

The basic principle behind the rule of thirds is to imagine breaking an image down into thirds (both horizontally and vertically) so that you have 9 parts. As follows



As you’re taking an image you would have done this in your mind through your viewfinder or in the LCD display that you use to frame your shot.
With this grid in mind the ‘rule of thirds’ now identifies four important parts of the image that you should consider placing points of interest in as you frame your image.
Not only this - but it also gives you four ‘lines’ that are also useful positions for elements in your photo.




The theory is that if you place points of interest in the intersections or along the lines that your photo becomes more balanced and will enable a viewer of the image to interact with it more naturally. Studies have shown that when viewing images that people’s eyes usually go to one of the intersection points most naturally rather than the center of the shot - using the rule of thirds works with this natural way of viewing an image rather than working against it.



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Post by CY on Mon Oct 12, 2009 7:59 pm

I still don't quite get it, any examples or not Hanne? Paiseh ar, newbie hehe.

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Re: Rule of Thirds

Post by Hanne on Mon Oct 12, 2009 8:01 pm



In this image the head of the subject on one of the intersecting points - especially his eyes which are a natural point of focus for a portrait. His tie and flower also take up a secondary point of interest.



In this shot the subject along a whole line which means she is considerably off center and therefore creating an additional point of interest. Placing her right in the center of the frame could have resulted in an ‘awkward’ shot.
In a similar way a good technique for landscape shots is to position horizons along one of the horizontal lines also as I’ve done with the following shot (I’ll let you imagine the lines).


Using the Rule of Thirds comes naturally to some photographers but for many of us takes a little time and practice for it to become second nature.

In learning how to use the rule of thirds (and then to break it) the most important questions to be asking of yourself are:
What are the points of interest in this shot?
Where am I intentionally placing them?
Once again - remember that breaking the rule can result in some striking shots - so once you’ve learnt it experiment with purposely breaking it to see what you discover.
Lastly - keep the rule of thirds in mind as you edit your photos later on. Post production editing tools today have good tools for cropping and reframing images so that they fit within the rules. Experiment with some of your old shots to see what impact it might have on your photos.

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Post by Hanne on Mon Oct 12, 2009 8:05 pm

photos tell eveything...

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Post by Hanne on Mon Oct 12, 2009 8:10 pm

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Post by CY on Mon Oct 12, 2009 8:19 pm

Thanks for the guide and pictures, didn't know the grid has so much use pray

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Post by Hanne on Mon Oct 12, 2009 8:27 pm

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Post by Fred on Mon Oct 12, 2009 8:44 pm

Thanks Hanne...That's a very useful knowledge to share with... The example did really shows how does the thing works... Smile
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Post by derricklim on Mon Oct 12, 2009 11:43 pm

wow hanne, bow to you... great effort
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Post by dannyk on Tue Oct 13, 2009 12:39 am

Great sharing....all this while....have no idea on these rules.....
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Post by simmon on Tue Oct 13, 2009 7:21 am

Great infos cheers

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Post by changshong on Tue Oct 13, 2009 6:54 pm

thanks for sharing.... nice photos
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Post by maxgoh on Tue Oct 13, 2009 11:51 pm

thanks a lot hanne, now everyone has more clear picture about photography..

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Post by Hanne on Wed Oct 14, 2009 12:42 am

together we share together we learn ... photonian spirit mah!!

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Post by cj on Tue Dec 15, 2009 12:27 am

hanne, thanks for the guide... it's really an useful guide for all... sharing is caring Wink
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Post by jonathan on Tue Dec 15, 2009 1:00 am

thx for sharing. it help lot of member here.

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Post by kenn_wai on Tue Dec 15, 2009 12:29 pm

Wow...nice info here..Thanks Hanne..
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Post by Hanne on Tue Dec 15, 2009 12:29 pm

haha old info lor Razz ..........

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Post by cj on Tue Dec 15, 2009 12:42 pm

haha.. classic always good...
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Re: Rule of Thirds

Post by CY on Tue Dec 15, 2009 1:09 pm

This is a good rule to follow for a newbie like me hehehe. But then for the veterans, I guess 'rules are meant to be broken' for them Razz.

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Post by WanTing on Tue Dec 15, 2009 1:18 pm

Yayayaya!!!!!!!!! this is the problem i met during outing!!!! Now i understand d !!! Thanks hanne!!! Smile
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Post by Angelwee on Wed Dec 16, 2009 1:24 pm

Laughing Hanne, thanks for sharing.
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