Composition Series - Rule of Thirds

Welcome to the Composition Series!

We are starting off this three-part blog post series with explaining the almighty "Rule of Thirds." In the following weeks we'll also cover "Leading Lines," and the use of "Foreground." But before we jump right in, let's go over what the word Composition actually means.  

"Composition" simply means how the elements are arranged in a photo.  There are many different rules and theories in photography composition, and some of them can be very technical.  But here on the Kindred blog, we want to introduce 3 simple concepts that will bring your lifeless images to life.

Just a little bit of history behind the "Rule of Thirds"


The rule of thirds was created by the ancient Greeks, and is the KING of composition rules.  The easiest way to apply this rule is to imagine your viewfinder (that's what you look through to see your subject) is divided into a "tic-tac-toe" type grid.  The four intersecting points on the grid are called "saddle points." To make the photograph more interesting and dynamic, try positioning your child or your subject on one of the saddle points.

Here are a few examples of how you can use the Rule of Thirds starting today!

As you can see in the image above, the subject is placed on the left 1/3 of the frame in the top and bottom left saddle points. It gives the image more visual interest and movement. It draws the viewers eye from left to right and makes the viewer wonder where the child has been or where she might be going.

In this image, we played with negative space and put the subject in the top right saddle point to add more visual interest. When trying to add visual interest to your image, you can also add "negative space" in your frame. Negative space is the empty area around the subject you are focusing on. This image was shot with a 35mm lens. By standing above your subject and getting a different perspective this further adds interest to the image and shows just how little your little one is!

We hope this first post in our Composition Series on Rule of Thirds was simple, inspiring and enlightening.  We challenge you to try out this new method of composition this week when practicing and we'll see you back next week for our next post of our three week blog series on Composition. We'll be talking about "Leading lines."

With Love,

Angela + Kacey