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This Week in the Digital Photography School Forums (7-13 Nov ’10)

Weekly Assignment

TRule of Thirdshis week’s assignment took a trip back to the basics by looking at the Rule of Thirds. This is a compositional rule that suggests that you put your subject on one of the lines that divides the image into thirds. Our winner this week was sunwrites‘s keyboard image. The blue tint really works well with the graphical nature of this image. And there’s an interesting touch of the 3 being right on one of the “thirds” lines. Our first runner up was BarbaraAnn‘s Hard Rock Cafe photo. This one makes good use of angles and lines, and you can see that the guitar of the sign lies right along one of the “thirds” lines. And last, but not least is dukesg‘s City Lights. With this one, there are great colours and reflection and you can still see just a hint of colour in the sky. In this one, you can see that it’s the horizon that runs along the “thirds” line. Well done everyone!

Hard Rock CafeFinancial Tower - Finishing Day of ConstructionAfter spending time following the rule of thirds, this week’s assignment is now Breaking the Rule of Thirds Sometimes an image is much stronger if it doesn’t follow the rule of thirds. Not every shot works well, but sometimes shots can gain symmetry or even just take advantage of having a strong subject in the middle of the frame. But keep in mind, don’t just break the rule without a reason, we want to see shots that use it well. As always, a quick reminder of the rules. First your photo must have been taken between 3-17 November 2010. Second, your post must include the words “Assignment: Break the Rule of Thirds” and the date that the photo was taken. Finally, your EXIF should be intact, and it’s useful if you can include some of the main points, such as camera, lens, aperture, shutter speed, ISO, etc. Next week we will be working on another compositional tool, this time we will be Filling the Frame. So get rid of all the distractions and fill the frame with your subject.

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  • http://www.kerstenbeck.com Erik Kerstenbeck

    Hi

    I love the results of the Rule of Thirds assignment. Great composition and intriguing subjects! I think the Rule actually spawns from the mathematical Fibonacci Sequence, DaVinci used this all the time in his work. Practically it is how nature behaves, an if you just offset your focal item from the Thirds intersection, it makes it more “Natural” to the eye, because that is the way of the world. I tried to do this with this image with the lamps at the Fibonacci point. http://tinyurl.com/264hv4d

    regards, Erik

  • Bryan Sypniewski

    here is my attempt. Not sure if it fits though. http://tinyurl.com/2eg88dg

  • http://www.kim-aldis.co.uk Kim

    ” a compositional rule that suggests that you put your subject on one of the lines that divides the image into thirds”

    I’ve never been a fan of rule-based composition. I think it’s restrictive and narrow. Much better that you put your subject where it looks right.

  • Jun See

    My 3rd attempt for “Assignment: Break the Rule of Thirds”

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/lifeisshortdrinkfast/5174718863/' title='Day 28 - Too Hot Together' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4152/5174718863_2da9055e05.jpg']

  • Jun See
  • Roberto Sacasa

    Let’s break the rules :)

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/robsacasa/5165331816/' title='Antigua desde el Cerro de la Cruz 1' url='http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1398/5165331816_80ffb60871.jpg']

    Canon 50D
    Canon EF-S18-55 IS (shot at 18mm)
    ISO 100
    Exposure 13sec at f / 3.5
    Location Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala

  • Roberto Sacasa

    Breaking the rules :)

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/robsacasa/5165331816/

    DPS
    “Assignment: Break the Rule of Thirds”

    Canon 50D
    Canon EF-S18-55 IS (shot at 18mm)
    ISO 100
    Exposure 13sec at f / 3.5
    Location Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala

  • Daisy

    Hi, what is your last name because i would like to compare your keyboard photo for my school a-level project as it is similar to one of mine and i must state the full name of the person. I would be very appreciative. Many thanks, Daisy :)

  • yvonne harvey

    good points especially for beginners

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  • Daisy

    April 6, 2011 04:40 am

    Hi, what is your last name because i would like to compare your keyboard photo for my school a-level project as it is similar to one of mine and i must state the full name of the person. I would be very appreciative. Many thanks, Daisy :)

  • Roberto Sacasa

    November 18, 2010 06:24 am

    Breaking the rules :)

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/robsacasa/5165331816/

    DPS
    “Assignment: Break the Rule of Thirds”

    Canon 50D
    Canon EF-S18-55 IS (shot at 18mm)
    ISO 100
    Exposure 13sec at f / 3.5
    Location Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala

  • Roberto Sacasa

    November 17, 2010 03:53 pm

    Let's break the rules :)

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/robsacasa/5165331816/' title='Antigua desde el Cerro de la Cruz 1' url='http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1398/5165331816_80ffb60871.jpg']

    Canon 50D
    Canon EF-S18-55 IS (shot at 18mm)
    ISO 100
    Exposure 13sec at f / 3.5
    Location Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala

  • Jun See

    November 15, 2010 11:49 pm

    “Assignment: Break the Rule of Thirds”

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lifeisshortdrinkfast/5174718863/in/photostream/

  • Jun See

    November 15, 2010 11:47 pm

    My 3rd attempt for “Assignment: Break the Rule of Thirds”

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/lifeisshortdrinkfast/5174718863/' title='Day 28 - Too Hot Together' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4152/5174718863_2da9055e05.jpg']

  • Kim

    November 14, 2010 09:57 pm

    " a compositional rule that suggests that you put your subject on one of the lines that divides the image into thirds"

    I've never been a fan of rule-based composition. I think it's restrictive and narrow. Much better that you put your subject where it looks right.

  • Bryan Sypniewski

    November 14, 2010 04:04 am

    here is my attempt. Not sure if it fits though. http://tinyurl.com/2eg88dg

  • Erik Kerstenbeck

    November 14, 2010 01:44 am

    Hi

    I love the results of the Rule of Thirds assignment. Great composition and intriguing subjects! I think the Rule actually spawns from the mathematical Fibonacci Sequence, DaVinci used this all the time in his work. Practically it is how nature behaves, an if you just offset your focal item from the Thirds intersection, it makes it more "Natural" to the eye, because that is the way of the world. I tried to do this with this image with the lamps at the Fibonacci point. http://tinyurl.com/264hv4d

    regards, Erik

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