Ok. When I started this blog, I was aiming to impart some wisdom as far as taking good pictures goes. I was hoping to talk about techniques, some basic, like Rule of Thirds, and other things I've picked up along the way. Truth is though, I wouldn't know where to start. I wouldn't know what to call whatever technique I used to cover so-and-so's wedding or take product shots for our little business. I guess I'm more of an applied-photography sort of guy. Not to say that I don't know anything. I just don't know what to call them, or if it's even a technique at all. I just know I learned it from somewhere, from someone, and when I tried it by myself, it worked.
This is my first attempt at sharing something almost everyone knows. :) If it's at all helpful, please do say so. Comments welcome.
Rule of Thirds
Ok. This particular rule, for the uninitiated (if there are any out there reading this blog) is a rule of thumb for composition. It states that an image can be divided into 9 equal parts using two equidistant horizontal lines and two equidistant vertical lines. The four points where the lines intersect (and the lines themselves) can be used to align subjects in the or features of the photo. Supposedly, when this is done, the image is more balanced.
In the picture to your right, I tried composing the picture using just that technique. I placed Irvin, the father's eye in the upper left power point, and Haley in or at least close as I could to that bottom right point. I think the picture came out pretty well.