The rule of thirds is a standard photographers use to frame their images. You divide the frame into a grid of three across and three down, and then don’t put your subject in the middle square. It’s also best if you can put the focus of your image on one of the grid lines. Just like any really good rule, it’s also fun when you know when to break it. However, for this photo, I didn’t.
For anyone who needs it, here’s a grid for reference. If you want to do portrait orientation, just flip it.
IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO (OR MORE) USING THE RULE OF THIRDS.
Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography.
Here’s how it works:
- 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.
- 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″ tag.
- Come back here and post a link to your image in the comments for this challenge.
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51 thoughts on “A Photo a Week Challenge: The Rule of Thirds”
Nancy, when you talk about the focus being on one of the grid lines, do you mean where two grid lines cross?
Not necessarily. If it works ot that way, that’s great, but it doesn’t have to. You can also deliberately not use the rule. 🙂
A gorgeous image, Nancy. I love the way the petals gleam.
Beautiful photograph, Nancy.
I’ll play …
Gorgeous colour and great composition, Nancy.
when I remember times when I used to put subject right in the middle… 😉
Have known about this rule, but never actually tried it, until now – am not sure, I like to fill up the frame more than a third:) My result is kind of boring …
A glorious red flower photo Nancy 🙂
Very pretty! I just posted in response to this challenge, I just love flowers and I’m so glad it is spring!
Me, too! Thanks!
I love your topic. And your tulip photo is so beautiful. 😀
Here is my entry for the week.
I thought the first rule of thirds is not to talk about the rule of thirds? https://photographyocd.com/2019/03/17/training-the-mind/
The little tricks that make all the difference. 🙂
Love this theme! I’m not sure if my pingback worked, so here is my submission https://musinwithsusan.com/2019/04/27/rule-of-thirds/
Great prompt – a new term (for me) too 🙂
Love the prompt. Something I did instinctively, even before I did a photography course. It makes the photo so much more interesting 🙂 Here’s my photo: https://aliveandtrekking.com/2019/04/27/sunshine-yellow/
And, of course, when you have too many things in the photo you could use the rule of sevenths. I stick to just a few things.
🙂 I haven’t heard of the rule of sevenths.
The rule of thirds is one of the more helpful photography rules in my opinion, so I usually at least use it as a starting point: https://wp.me/p2owKx-19O
For your tulip, I think it really makes the photo more compelling.
Beautiful flower.. I always thought that rule of thirds divided the shot into 3 almost equal sections but not necessarily parallel.. I’ve learnt something here.. 😉
Always glad to help. 🙂