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Rule of Thirds

Composition is KeyWhat makes a GREAT photograph?

Compositionplacement or arrangement of visual elements in artorganization of the elements of art according to the principles of designmeans 'putting together' and can apply to any work helps achieve a sense of unity within an artworkwork of art is said to be aesthetically pleasing if the elements within the work are arranged in a balanced compositional way

In every photograph you takeyou decide where the boundaries of that photo will be (cropping)you choose the viewpoint or perspectiveyou move or rearrange people or objects you move yourself and decide where to place point of interest

Good vs. Bad?biggest difference between a good photograph and a mediocre one is the compositionwhat one person finds pleasing, someone else will not composition is largely a matter of personal taste, so technically there is no right or wrong composition

a photograph that communicates its message (says what you want it to say, says it clearly, and interests its viewer) is an effective compositionhow you arrange a scene in your camera will determine the effectiveness of your picture and contribute to how well the message is conveyedthere is more to good composition than the placement of elements, but that is where we start

Good vs. Bad?

Rule of Thirdsaligning a subject with these points creates more tension, energy and interest in the composition than simply centering the subject would

Compositional rule in the visual artsimage should be imagined as divided into nine equal parts by two equally-spaced horizontal lines and two equally-spaced vertical linesimportant compositional elements should be placed along these lines or their intersections

Rule of Thirds Examples

Rule of Thirds Examples

Rule of Thirds Examples

ConsiderWhere am I intentionally placing my points of interest?

What are the points of interest in this shot?Breaking the rule can result in some striking shots once youve learned it, experiment with purposely breaking it to see what you discover.Keep the rule of thirds in mind as you edit your photos later on cropping and reframing images so that they fit within the rules.

Practice3. With a ruler, measure the sides and divide by 3, drawing lines with a Sharpie to create a 9 square grid.

1. Choose a magazine to find photographs you might like. 2. Cut out 3 pictures that the composition uses the Rule of Thirds successfully. 5. Glue your images into your sketchbook.

Sketchbook DUE: Finish your Rule of Thirds Sketchbook assignment by the end of class! ** Worth 10 points **

4. Repeat this for all 3 images.

Brainstorming3. For EACH, draw two different thumbnails showing where you will place your focal point.

1. List 5 different things you can photograph for the Rule of Thirds assignment, and include what the focal point is. 2. For EACH, list two different backgrounds that could be part of your photographs.Brainstorming DUE: Finish your Rule of Thirds Brainstorming assignment by Monday, 9/21! ** Worth 50 points **

PracticeHomework: Take 40 pictures experimenting with Rule of Thirds. Take pictures of anything youd like go for a walk around the house or go outside

Tips: Try taking pictures of the same subject and compose using the Rule of Thirds and going against it.

40 pictures (uploaded to Google Drive) DUE: Thursday, September 30

Do & DontDO make sure the background or negative space is visually interesting.

DONT have a boring or unattractive background dead space.

Do & DontDO leave some space around your focal point watch your framing.

DONT overcompensate by putting your point of interest too close to the edge of the frame.