Rule of Thirds

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  1. HailttRedskins

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    I've read into it a bit, and have seen about 5 examples, I was wondering if someone could post up a couple that they have taken using the Rule of Thirds so I have a better feel.


    Thanks :thumbup:
     
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    Well, I have two photographer friends, both are excellent in what they do, I showed them both this image, the one said it is, the other said it is somewhat, could you let me know what you think.

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    I don't know about your photographer friends, or if they even know what they are talking about, but if you divide your picture into approximate 3rds, its very clear it is NOT following the rule of 3rds.

    Doesn't mean its a bad pic. Just means your subject is in the center, not in the other sectors identified as a line that intersects a sector in the thirds. Its following the rule when you place the center of your subject on any of the points where the lines intersect. Thats all!

    This is closer to following the rule of thirds:
    [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Does it make sense now? :D
     
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    Think of the rule of thirds like a rule in the Matrix... Sometimes it can be bent, sometimes it can be broken... It just depends on your subject and depends on what works... For the most part, the rule of thirds will be your best bet... But every so often, you'll see a subject and frame a shot, where you are better off not using the rule of thirds... Of course, I'm an amateur, and that's just my opinion...
     
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    Oh okay, and I see it a little better now.

    I have photoshop, is there some kind of tutorial I can have to create a rule of thirds line graph, or whatever it is called exactly, that way I can use it a fair amount.

    So basically I don't want the object in the middle box, or at least not the majority of it?
     
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    Jerry while your information is correct, it's a bit disconcerting that your image examples do not show the thirds lines correctly.
     
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    I know Matt, those were literally hand drawn in like 3 seconds flat. It was for example purposes only... they did their job. ;)

    You will have to excuse my lack of precision... lol. :D
     
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    HailttRedskins...we are near the same area. Are you on any car forums as well?
     
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    I'm on VADriven and NovaStreetForums

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    On VADriven I'm Mr. Photography - I just joined there
    NSF I'm HailttRedskins - Forum is dead for the most part
     
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    Cool i'm on both myself, but NSF never has anything going on.
    VaDriven - Acuratuner00

    Maybe i'll see you around sometime. :cheers:
     
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    some DSLR's have a compositional grid feature that can be turned on. but you have the XTi, like me, and I don't think our cameras have that feature.

    but you could also make your own rule of thirds grid on your LCD monitor if you have one of those transparent plastic covers. just use a sharpie or something.

    but really, just try to imagine the grid everytime you look in the viewfinder. the more you keep it in mind, the better your compositions will be :]
     

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