Week 11: Rule of Thirds | 2018 Project 52

This week’s composition of “rule of thirds” isn’t too difficult to implement, but I do hope that all the photographers following along challenged themselves to see how much it could impact an image. Even if it’s something as simple as shooting the same subject two different ways: centered and then with rule of thirds.

I wasn’t able to explore with my camera last week, but luckily I have two very adorable and cuddly models that are willing to pose for cookies.

All the cookies.

rule of thirds

Settings: f/3.2, 1/250 sec, 35mm, ISO 3200
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF35mm f/1.4L USM

I chose an image of Chevy, my BDD.

She plopped down, tossed back those ears in the “I’m here, what do you need” position and I snapped a few frames. I really love the directional light we get in our main room and I also like the pops of color with have with our area rug. With good light and interesting background, that big hairy face with brown eyes was positioned on the right 2/3 side of my view finder. A very simple image, but still one that I’ll keep forever.

She is so darn cute. And funny. And noisy. And smelly. So much BDD love.


Week 12: Rule of Odds
due 03.21.18

We’re half way through March and keeping up with our numbers theme for the month. Next week we’re focusing on another composition rule called “Rule of Odds.”

The rule of odds is new to me, but it makes sense. Essentially it is including an odd number of subjects in your image to make it more interesting. It’s suggested to choose at least three subjects. And since we’re keeping with odds, that’s three or five or seven… it might get a little difficult to keep up after that. But explore with the idea!

Would you like to shoot people and have three models? Set up a table scape or still life with an odd number of items? Take to the world outside and find something that fits the bill? Create a scene that has three different subjects but are related in a way? Whatever you want to do, let your heart lead and your brain take a back seat. And if you need some inspiration, there are some links below.

Rule of Odds
Understanding the Rule of Odds in Photography
The Odd Rule
Composition: Rule of Odds (Pinterest)

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