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Dallas Photography Mentor: Rule of Thirds

For 2015, I signed up to be a part of Shoot Along. I signed up wanting reasons to shoot. I wanted to work on things, even the *smallest* things and take more time to shoot the daily endeavors with my family.

Within a couple of weeks, I was bumped up, on the boards to “critique leader“. Being a dallas photography mentor, I was able to quickly answer questions about composition, settings, and of course with shooting in manual. This has been so much fun for me – and I can’t wait for the rest of the year!

Each month they have a new topic, or two, to work on for the entire month. I wanted to go over them separately – and will post some examples!

The first compositional concept is “rule of thirds”.

This one is easy 😉 One of the simplest ways to make a photo more interesting is to not center it – to put your subject (or whatever the subject of the photo may be) into 1/3 of the photo.

Here are some examples:


Dallas Photography Mentor and Classes Rule of Thirds Amanda Skelte Gingersnap PhotographsPINIMAGE


You can see, rule of thirds doesn’t mean having a person all the way over to the side – which I think seems to be a habit for some people, but remember there are thirds on the top and bottom of an image. So eyes at the very top, but still slightly centered works, too. Multiple people, but focus on one person in ROT comp is another way to work it.

Be interesting! Have fun! Walk around and shoot from all angles!

Please comment if you have any questions! And don’t forget to SHARE with your friends who you think need an extra tip of the day!

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