A Photo a Week Challenge: Thirds Rule

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In photography, we are taught many rules and guidelines about composing our images. One of the most basic is the rule of thirds. Cut your image area into a graph of nine (three vertical lines and three horizontal lines) and place your subject on one of the lines, avoiding the very center of your plane.

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I love how using this rule opens up images and really draws our attention to the main subject, even though you would think the opposite would be true. My husband is my favorite subject, so I get to experiment with this rule a lot with him. I hope you like the results.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO (OR THREE…) USING THE RULE OF THIRDS.

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. Come back here and post a link to your image in the comments for this challenge.
  4. Follow nancy merrill photography so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Dead Center

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Most of the time, photographers are told to frame their subject or subjects using the rule of thirds, and there’s a very good reason for that. Our eyes love asymmetry. We prefer looking at things that are things grouped into odd numbers. However, like most rules, there are times when you need to break it, so it’s important to know and understand the rule so that you can explain why you broke it. For this image, the colors and intricacies of the petals give the image so much life and vibrancy that, for me, the eye doesn’t mind that the flower is in the middle of the image. I didn’t even need to touch it post-processing (that’s what shooting during the golden hour will do for you many times).

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE PHOTOS WITH CENTERED SUBJECTS.

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. Come back here and post a link to your image in the comments for this challenge.
  4. Follow nancy merrill photography so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Work of Art

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To me, the master artist is the Creator of all things. We spend so much of our creative juices and energy attempting to imitate what He has done. And that’s okay. Imitation is the greatest compliment.