Rule of Thirds

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The Rule of Thirds is perhaps the most well known principle of photographic composition.

What is the Rule of Thirds?

The basic principle behind the rule of thirds is to imagine breaking an image down into thirds (both horizontally and vertically) so that you have 9 parts.

The theory is that if you place points of interest in the intersections or along the lines that your photo becomes more balanced and will enable a viewer of the image to interact with it more naturally. Studies have shown that when viewing images that people’s eyes usually go to one of the intersection points most naturally rather than the center of the shot – using the rule of thirds works with this natural way of viewing an image rather than working against it.

Consider Lighting

A backlit subject will just be an outline. Probably. Harsh shadow? Is that what you want? Be a super hero and take control of light.

“Where should I look?”

I like for subjects to look natural and involved in surroundings, so NOT at the lens. Take multiple shots so YOU can choose.

Low Light?  Options

  1. In low light you can hold really still and get your subject to do so as well. If you can.
  2. In low light you can try flash. Often looks artificial.
  3. You take take a movie and grab a frame. Takes longer, but you have more options.
  4. Soft light from lamps placed out of frame can be nice

Camera Options

  1. Do not get a camera that uses a non-rechargeable battery.
  2. The more zoom the better.
  3. If it will also take videos that is bang-for-the-buck.
  4. More megapixels, better light gathering, generally

ASSIGNMENT:  Choose a photo buddy. Go out into the library and take serious and silly photos. NOT in the bathrooms. Yuck. DO NOT disturb library patrons or employees.

When you return you will make a Photos post. You may wish to try posting in the Gallery format. Describe the weather, how you feel, what you are looking forward to this semester, etc.

And in Taskstream…

Create your first lesson and put in instructional activities. Number them.

Add a Behavioral Objective – action verb.   The student will…

Then add State Fine Arts Framework.  ONE

App of the week:  Anytune