Yesterday, our department had organized a photographic training to improve our photographing skill and I used to think it might be filled with boring theory. In fact, the class was very interesting for the host had presented a lot of pictures to make it vivid. I got benefit from the training and now I wanna share with you about the Rules of Third, an effective way to better composition.
To keep balance of the picture, the Rules of Third is a basic but efficient principle to place the subjects. Before snapping, image your picture are broken down into thirds and place the subject on one of the intersections. Here’s how it works:
You can also apply the rule of thirds guidelines to the placement of the horizon in your photos. Here the center position of the boat and horizon results in a static feeling.
Let's move the horizon to the upper third and the sailboat to the left. This time, we focus on the sailboat and emphasize the sea. Remember, these are the only guidelines. So if you don't like this subject placement, try another.
Like this. We've moved the horizon line to the lower third. Now, we focus on the sailboat and emphasize the sky. In general, place the horizon high or low in your scenic, but rarely in the middle.
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.
(photos are quoted from Photo Composition Articles)