of Thirds by Chris Fitzjohn
improve photographic techniques, experiment, find
a good teacher, subscribe to magazines, watch instruction
CDs, buy books, but here is one simple technique that
will improve many of your pictures by 50%. The ‘rule
of thirds’ is common to photgraghy and art,
basically you are simply moving the subject to the
side, in so doing you can also see the background.
You can focus mid-way between the subject and the
horizon but the best method is to focus on the subject.
This again is easy, with most cameras.
the Focus on the subject by pressing and holding the
shutter halfway down, next simply move the camera
until the subject is to the side, then complete the
shutter movement. So the subject is no longer blocking
the Grand Canyon behind her.
all rules, it is there to be broken, in other words,
we forget. No problem, use the crop tool.
for Taking Photos
the Subject Off-Centre (Rule of Thirds)
a look at the two photos below. It’s natural
that as photographers we want to place the subject
in the centre of the photo, this is particularly true
with pictures of people or animals. However, placing
the subject off-centre often makes the composition
more dynamic and interesting.
the rule of thirds. An easy way to compose off-centre
pictures is to imagine a noughts and crosses board
over your viewfinder. Avoid placing your subject in
that centre square, and you have followed the rule
of thirds. Try to place your subject along one of
the imaginary lines that divides your frame. Even
if your subject fills the frame, the most important
part of the subject (for example, the eyes in a portrait)
should not be dead centre.
the horizon. Just as an off-centre subject is usually
best, so is an off-centre and straight horizon line.
cutting your picture in half by not placing the horizon
in the middle of the picture.
accent spaciousness, keep the horizon low in the picture.
To suggest closeness, position the horizon high in
there you have it. Easy. Make the sky one third or
two thirds of your picture.