This picture uses the rule of thirds
Composition Is Important The Rule Of Thirds
by Brad Herndon
Good composition makes for eye-catching photographs, regardless of whether you are using a film or digital camera, or whether the camera is a high dollar single lens reflex interchangeable lens camera or a point and shoot camera.
One of the first rules of composition to follow is the rule of thirds. Most photographers starting out have a tendency to place all of their subjects in the center of the picture. While there are a few times you can do this, as a rule center placement of your subjects should be avoided. Here is a simple illustration of how the rule of thirds works.
See this same picture below for example
Take a piece of paper and use two lines to divide it into three equal parts on the horizontal plane. Next use two lines to divide it into three equal parts on the vertical plane. Once this is done, you will have four intersection points where these horizontal and vertical lines cross each other. This is called the rule of thirds. In a picture the human eye will naturally go to these four places formed by the rule of thirds intersection points. This means if you are taking a landscape picture and an old barn is interesting, place this barn in one of the rule of thirds intersection points. The viewer’s eye will then go to this point of interest.
This rule holds for landscapes, animals, birds, signs, people, butterflies, or any other subject you are photographing. For example, if you are photographing your child up close, you can place their eyes in the rule of thirds. Also, when photographing landscapes, the horizon should be placed along the rule of thirds lines. A horizontal landscape shot, for example, should have either two thirds ground and one third sky showing, or one third ground and two thirds sky showing. If you master this simple rule of thirds composition you will see your pictures get noticeably better
place your subject in an intersection point
You can always learn something by studying every picture that you can, whether it’s in an art gallery, in a book, or in a magazine. In the following days pay attention to every picture you look at and see if you can see the rule of thirds being used in several of the pictures you view.
The Turkey's Eye is the Intersection
When composing a picture using the rule of thirds, think of God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit, the great three in one. This is the most important rule of thirds you will ever learn. God the Father has always been, and will always be. He created this beautiful earth, and he created each of us. We, however, were much better at doing the wrong things in life than the right things, so God had a plan from the beginning to save us from ourselves (Genesis 3:15).
That is why Jesus came down to this earth, to save us from our sins. He lived a perfect life to show us how life should be lived, and the Bible is filled with wonderful instructions from Jesus. Finally, he suffered and died on a cross, a sacrificial death—just for us. Then, to give us an idea of how powerful he was, he arose from the dead, a thrilling resurrection to show us that we too will be raised from the dead, and that we can spend eternity in heaven with him if we only believe.
Do you believe you will see a beautiful picture just around the next bend in the road? You should. Do you believe you will see the Creator in heaven? You should, for history confirms Jesus truly lived, died, and arose again while on this earth.
Finally, just like the powerful love we know exists, if we believe Jesus is our Savior, he gives us the Holy Spirit to indwell in our lives. Nope, we can’t see the Holy Spirit. But yes, we can feel the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is a guide to us, to help us along life’s way. This doesn’t mean life will be perfect. We’ll still stub our toe, tires will still go flat, and we may even drop our favorite camera on a concrete sidewalk. But God will always be with us, guiding us and directing us in the way that only he desires. This is recorded in Deuteronomy 31:8 in the Bible. The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you or forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
May God’s blessings be with you until we meet again next Thursday, and may you use the rule of thirds both in your photography, and in your spiritual life.
Brad and Carol Herndon
Brad and Carol Herndon live in a small cabin nestled in beautiful Browstown, In. Brad and Carol have the unique ability to see the world through the lens of a camera! They take this wonderful gift and use it to bring those who view thier work closer to the Creator, Almighty God, who has created all things seen and unseen!