Weekly Photo Challenge: Rule of Thirds

The Rule of Thirds is an essential compositional tool for photographers to understand – you can read all about it on Wikipedia and numerous photography sites. Like all rules it can be a bit constraining, so it’s also important to know when not to use it! In transport photography using lead in lines may be more important – though the resulting image will usually meet the rule of thirds regardless. For example…
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In sports photography, football for instance, the rule of thirds is often one of the first things to go out of the window, though this shot comes close to obeying it…

But when your subject is posing nicely, you have time to concientiously follow the rule…

Sometimes you can get a balanced Rule of Thirds shot like this one showing a passing conversation between two people…16201834257_ed82902f22_b

As for Bokeh… It doesn’t usually have a place in my type of photography, though football is normally photographed with limited depth of field to make the players stand out from the crowd. I think it’s something for the Flower Portraitists to demonstrate as it is definitely a part of their discipline šŸ™‚

You can read about the Weekly Photo Challenge at https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/rule-of-thirds/
& you can see a good demo of Bokeh at http://blog.thepanamaadventure.com/2015/03/23/weekly-photo-challenge-rule-of-thirds/


  1. This is indeed a terrific set of shots, each illustrating the rule somewhat differently.
    For me, I have great difficulty with it! I can see it in other folks’ work, but find it really hard to plan out for myself.

    1. Thanks Judith. I think people forget that the Rule of Thirds is really a guide rather than an absolute. It probably applies most to landscape paintings/photos where the subject is static and there is a need to bring some tension to the image to make it more appealing to the viewer. I think lead-in lines and framing will work just as well for most photographs; you don’t need to plan those, they’re usually there in the viewfinder šŸ™‚

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