Assignment 17: Rule of Thirds

Scott of Viewsinfinitum has posted Assignment 17: Rule of Thirds. Anyone who has taken a photography class or workshop knows what this is:

The basic principle behind the rule of thirds is to imagine breaking an image down into thirds (both horizontally and vertically) so that you have 9 parts. The theory is that if you place points of interest in the intersections or along the lines that your photo becomes more balanced and will enable a viewer of the image to interact with it more naturally. Studies have shown that when viewing images that people’s eyes usually go to one of the intersection points most naturally rather than the center of the shot – using the rule of thirds works with this natural way of viewing an image rather than working against it. (Digital Photography

If you have not participated in Scott’s assignments, try it because it gives you a challenge and you can be introduced to other photobloggers.

Daily Gratitude: seeing the toast pop out of the toaster onto the counter—it made me giggle

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12 thoughts on “Assignment 17: Rule of Thirds

  1. Pingback: Assignment 17 Recap | Views Infinitum

  2. I studied the rule of thirds when taking a painting class. It’s amazing how we automatically look at things that way. I love the new look of the website, too.

    • Nice, Eliz. The only offering of classes here in South Jersey isn’t until June!!! I’ve been in contact with a photographer for a private lesson, but I think I’ll take the train into Philadelphia for a class instead. I’m sure there is much on my camera that I still need to learn.

  3. I’ve had a difficult time wrapping my mind around this concept. If I do it, I have no idea how. I’m not good with things spatial and/or fractional.

    That said, I love this photo. 🙂

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