Wednesday, April 21, 2010

How To Get Good Pictures - The Rule of Thirds


One of the most popular 'rules' in photography is the Rule of Thirds. It is also popular amongst artists. The Rule of Thirds is based on the fact that the human eye is naturally drawn to a point about two-thirds up a page. It is a compositional rule of thumb in visual arts such as painting, photography and design.


The rule states that an image should be imagined as divided into nine equal parts by two equally-spaced horizontal lines and two equally-spaced vertical lines, and that important compositional elements should be placed along these lines or their intersections. Proponents of the technique claim that aligning a subject with these points creates more tension, interest and energy in the composition than simply centering the subject would.

The rule of thirds is applied by aligning a subject with the guide lines and their intersection points, placing the horizon on the top or bottom line, or allowing linear features in the image to flow from section to section. The main reason for observing the rule of thirds is to discourage placement of the subject at the center, or prevent a horizon from appearing to divide the picture in half. When photographing or filming people, it is common to line the body up with a vertical line, and having the person's eyes in line with a horizontal one. If filming a moving subject, the same pattern is often followed, with the majority of the extra room being in front of the person (the way they are moving).


Reference :- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rule_of_thirds

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