3) COMPOSITION - Give Your Picture Hidden Depth
Believe it or not, some photographers have written hundreds of thousands of long, tightly-packed words about the cornerstone of composition that is ‘the rule of thirds’.
Some have even attempted to explain it by invoking fundamental universal principles and mathematical formula.
Why bother? It works. Use it. At least to get started.
In short, when you look at a picture your eyes look, not all at once but at tiny focused points in quick succession. That’s why your eyes are always darting about and, scientists have proven, when you first look at a picture your eyes will tend toward the four points where the lines cross in the diagram cross.
That, above all other reasons given, is why the rule of thirds works—by placing your subject slap bang onto one of those points you can be sure it’s one of the first things that strikes anyone about the picture.
Below are some examples in still life, portraiture, and landscape photography which all make use of the rules to an extent.
Clearly rules are there to be broken, but if you turn on your grid and avoid those pictures with the subject in the dead center you’ll instantly start taking more pleasing pictures, and the best thing is that it works for pretty much all formats; square lomo, 16:9 or 4:3 video modes, or photographic 3:2.
Psychology of pictures:
As they look, you’re eyes darting around an image like a psycology – powered scanner, all the while the brain is building up an overall picture of the image in your mind.
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