The Rule of Thirds, Part 1--Spaces
|Click on flower to see the image without lines|
Imagine your viewfinder divided up into thirds both vertically and horizontally so that it contains 9 equal segments, or just look at the above photo. The spaces, lines and intersections of this grid can be very useful in composition. When you compose with the subject smack dab in the middle of the frame, the composition often (not always) seems too direct and less pleasing. So photographers generally frame their compositions with the subject off center. When the subject takes up a large part of the frame, as with the above flower, I often fill 4 of the 9 frames with the subject, leaving the outer 5 for other parts of the image. When you compose this way, it is often good for the subject to face into the frame. This gives the subject room to look or "move."
|Old House in Sykesville, MD|