Monday, January 31, 2011

I Rock & the rule of thirds

Last week I was beyond honored when Becky named my picture one of the two winning pictures on the shutter speed week!  Thank you so very much!

last week's winning photo
slow shutter 1

This week we are focusing on the Rule of Thirds.  Maybe you've heard the saying 'it's not the camera, but the photographer that takes good pictures.'  If you have a point and shoot (and major DSLR envy) like me, then you've heard it before.  

Well, one of the reasons that is true is the Rule of Thirds.  I first learned this rule in my summer camp photography class.  For the rule of thirds, you divide your picture into thirds ...

picture from Farmgirl Paints
Placing the feature part of your picture on one of the either vertical or horizontal lines creates more movement and a more interesting photo.  The four spots where the lines intersect are called power points.  You get extra bonus points for putting the focus of your photo on a power points.

I think of the rule of thirds as a way to take a snapshot and turn it into a work of art.  You can also achieve this effect when you edit your photo by cropping.  Forever and a day ago I did a post on cropping here, showing how to use the Rule of Thirds in creating interest in your photos:

original:                                                                       cropped:

ok, so here is my photo entry for this week's Thrive Challenge:


Visit Farmgirl Paints for awesome tutorials and other entries! 

1 comment:

  1. I love that rear view mirror shot. It's amazing.


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