Rule of Thirds

As I am studying Tony Northrup’s DSLR Book: How to Create Stunning Digital Photography, I will be blogging about my learning experience. The 2nd chapter is on composition and he does a great job in breaking it down to several sections. “The first section is The rule of Thirds”. The images below were my practice shots of this section.

Sony NEX 5

ISO 200
with on camera flash
1/160 sec at f/6.3
210 mm with my 55-210 f/4.5 lens

Rule of Thirds

Imagine breaking an image down into thirds (both horizontally and vertically) so that you have 9 parts. To apply the rule of thirds align the focal point of your image with the guidelines and their intersection points.

Rule of Thirds demo

Rule Of Thirds - Original

Rule Of Thirds - Original

This is the original shot straight from my camera. No color correction or cropping. I am impressed with the color. However if you divide this image into thirds you will notice that the center of the flower does not line up with any of the lines or the intersection of the lines.

Rule Of Thirds Applied

Rule Of Thirds Applied

With this version I cropped it to the rule of thirds. I did a very small amount of color correction. You will notice that if you divide this image into thirds, the center of the flower lines up with the first third line.

Rule Of Thirds - Center of Flower at Intersection

Rule Of Thirds - Center of Flower at Intersection

With this version is a different crop to the rule of thirds. You will notice that if you divide this image into thirds, the center of the flower lines up with the Intersection of the first line and the top line. This is the ideal, for the focal point to land at the intersection of these lines.

Rule Of Thirds   Zoomed And Centered

Rule Of Thirds Zoomed And Centered

With this version I cropped it to centered. I did a very small amount of color correction. This version breaks the rule. It is good to break these rules, once and awhile, as long as you are doing it intentionally.

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