First Camera Crash Course Lesson 9: Using the Rule of Thirds
Try to avoid simply placing your subject slap-bang in the middle of your frame. By placing the focal point of your scene off-centre, along imaginary lines roughly one-third and two-thirds into the frame, you’ll create a much more balanced and pleasing composition.
- Placing horizons in the middle of your frame will create an unbalanced and boring image
- As it stands, the sky and sea have equal weighting in the shot
- By moving the horizon down so it is not dead centre creates a more dynamic composition
- Don’t be afraid to include more sky than land (or water) in your shot – particularly if the sky looks colourful
Every keen amateur should own a decent tripod as it lets you have more control over depth of field and shutter speed, and will help ensure consistent results.
Rule of Thirds: use it and break it with confidence
Crop photos the right way: classic mistakes and how to avoid them
Photography Basics: the No. 1 cheat sheet for metering and exposure
Frame within a frame: composition tricks for adding depth and context
First Camera Crash Course Lesson 10: Anatomy of your viewfinder
Your viewfinder is a powerful tool for composition, but if you’re new to using one it might look a little confusing. Our cheat sheet below illustrates some of the key elements within your viewfinder and explains what they are and what they do.