Welcome to my latest crazy idea! I decided it would be fun to spend the month of July sharing some fun photo tips and ideas with anyone who wants to learn a few simple ways to improve their photography. And of course, the teacher in me had to include a few fun assignments! There's always homework, people! Always homework!
This will not be heavy material. Summer is not for anything too heavy. Rather, each day will bring a little something for you to use when you are out with your loved ones and have your camera handy.
So let's begin!
Day 1 brings a tip. Consider the Rule of Thirds.
The Rule of Thirds proposes that we look at an image as being cut into 9 equal parts, as shown below.
Ideally, when composing our images, we should try to have our subject lined up either on one of these lines, or along one of the points where the lines intersect. If the photo is a close up of a face, then the eyes should follow the Rule of Thirds.
It's great to consider this rule when thinking about how you will group your photos, should you display them. Here, when I was photographing Megan's boys, I wanted to put them each on opposite sides of their images, following the Rule of Thirds. In this way, if Megan decided to hang these portraits together, they'd be balanced and even "facing each other".
Then of course, we could put Mom and Dad between them on the wall, creating a gorgeous, balanced grouping of portraits! And notice that faces fall along the top line, also following the rule.
The Rule of Thirds is a great tip to keep in mind when photographing people and faces. It's boring to put your faces smack in the middle of the photo and this creates a pleasing composition and some great ways to group photos!
Give it a try and share your thoughts with me. Do you like this rule? Does it help you when composing your own portraits? Let me know!