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Vote & Learn #1 : Rule of Thirds

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The Result of Vote & Learn # 1 is out. Thank you for your participation, if you have done it πŸ™‚

Vote & Learn #1 Results
Vote & Learn #1 Results
#1
#1
# 2
# 2
# 3
# 3
# 4
# 4
# 5
# 5

 

 

 

 

SoΒ  the most number of votes goes to #3.

And I wanted Β #3 to come out as the winner as well. So there must be some reason. Right?

That reason is known as Rule of Thirds. It is the most used rule for composing an image/frame.

Rule of Thirds

  • Divide your frame into 3 equally spaced horizontal and vertical parts.
Rule of thirds
Rule of thirds
  • Try to keep the ‘point of interest’ or Subject, in any of these intersecting points (or somewhere around these points).
  • Try to keep a horizontal line( horizon,Β a table top etc )Β along any of the 1/3 horizontal line
  • Try to keep a vertical line ( Statue, a tree etc ) along any of the 2 vertical lines.

This is what the rule of thirds says in simple terms.

Usually we tend to frame our image with subject at the centre. You canΒ check the votes and find out that 2nd place is for the flower at the centre(#2)!

But the very experienced painters and photographers found out that an off-centred image is more appealing. Also studies shows that natural tendency of our eyes’ movement is to go to the intersection points rather than the centre of the image. That is the reason, why we should use Rule of thirds while positioning various elements in our photograph.

In your phone camera, point and shoot camera, or any camera you can find the guide lines in the LCD display. Check your settings if you can not find it.

Phone camera Guidelines
Phone camera Guidelines

Use this guide lines in framing your picture with subject in any of the intersecting points, along the horizontal or vertical line.

Some more examples?

Lonely
Lonely
Waiting for you
Waiting for you

 

Running the show
Running the show

Now we know the rule.

It is not a hard and fast rule that we should always place a subject exactly at the 1/3 line or at the intersection. There are no right and wrong photographs. If you like it, it is a good photo and you know it.

So its time for us toΒ break the rule!

Floating colourfully
Floating colorfully

I like this picture even though it does not follow rule of thirds.

So have fun. Happy clicking. And share your “Rule of Third pictures”. Ping backs are still working on this blog unlike Daily promptΒ πŸ˜‰ Just saying

PS: Next time when you are watching an advertisement, check in which part ofΒ  the screen are they placing the product and let me know πŸ˜‰

Your comments and feedbacks are most welcome. Thank you πŸ™‚

trablogger
Photographing the journeys to recreate the Travels to take you for a virtual Photo walk.
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61 thoughts on “Vote & Learn #1 : Rule of Thirds

  1. A mi tambiΓ©n me ha gustado mΓ‘s la foto 4, y ahora pienso que llevas razΓ³n, que la 3 quizΓ‘s estΓ© mejor.
    Muchas gracias por tus enseΓ±anzas.

    1. As I said there is no need to give so much of attention to the rules. Once you compose your frame, It will come to you naturally.
      This post is to give an awareness, you can say. See how the majority voted for Rule of thirds!

  2. Yes the third was the prettiest one! Is amazing how the rule of thirds work! I started to apply it, but when I’m behind the lens, my mind trick me and make me think that in the center the better. Is after when you realize how pretty it look with the rule of the thirds. It is used also in painting.

    1. Haha. I agree. Our mind can trick us many times. So always take as many as pictures as you can in all possible ways. Later you can discard the not so good ones. Thanks to digital photography. And yes it is used in paintings too
      Thank you so much for reading and leaving your comment πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much. You observed it again!! πŸ˜€
      Once you start doing this, almost every place you will find this thing working!! πŸ˜€
      Check your gravatar for example πŸ˜‰

        1. Hahah.. πŸ˜€ But I think as it is a picture of you running and taken directly from front, subject at the centre is a better option. Anyway it looks like a good picture. Right? So it is a good picture πŸ™‚

          1. Wow, just read this post has 50 comments. That is AMAZING.
            The running picture, I will keep for now…..lol. Down the road I would like to try one using the 1/3rd idea, and see how it looks in comparison. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much for reading πŸ™‚ Glad to know that it was informative πŸ™‚
      Well look at your gravatar picture. You are on one side πŸ˜€ It follows the rule πŸ™‚

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