A Photo a Week Challenge: Off-Centered

Red rose bud

One of the first things you learn in most photography classes is that you shouldn’t put your main subject in the center of your photograph. Our eyes love things that are not even. We also enjoy looking at things that aren’t symmetrical, aligned perfectly, or come in even groups (3s and 5s are preferred). A general rule of thumb for framing your image is the law of threes: divide your viewing area into a grid with three rows and three columns. Place your main subject anywhere in the grid except dead center. One thing that’s really nice with digital photography is that you can experiment with the placement of your subject without having to go through the expense of processing the film to see if you guessed correctly.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO WITH THE MAIN SUBJECT OF YOUR IMAGE NOT IN THE CENTER.

Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Each week, I’ll come up with a theme and post a photo that I think fits. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Thursday, when the next photo theme will be announced.
  2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “A Photo a Week Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ and “Photo a Week” tags.
  3. Follow nancy merrill photography so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements.
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