Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Photo Tip #6 - Crop to the Third

One of the most important parts of any photo is composition.

You must learn the rule of thirds as a starting point. Think of a tic tac tow game. Each line represents a third in your photo. Some cameras have a grid built into the view finder or live view function. This is a handy tool for lining up your shot. You will want to draw attention to your subjects by placing them in the third. I like to line up as many things in the third as possible.

As you can see in the first shot, the top and left of rock formation falls on the third. This makes the rock formation really stand out.

The second shot has several things going on. The birds are on the third. The sun is on the third. The water/sky horizon is on the third. The bottom water line is on the third. The seaweed on the shore is on the third. This is what I'm always looking for.

Most of the time, I don't completely nail this with my original shot, so I'm always looking to crop my photos to nail the rule of thirds. Use your cropping tool to experiment until you get your photo just like you want it.

Don't forget to straighten your horizon first, like we talked about in Photo Tip #1. Next, crop to the third. Have fun practicing! Keep those photo questions coming!

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