In my previous tip I wrote about choosing one primary star in your picture and making it the center of your attention. To achieve this we need to understand photo composition.
Perhaps the most famous and well-known rule in photo composition today is the Rule of Thirds. Well, its actually more of a guideline than a rule. And even then, a very loose guideline. The basic gist of it is just move the star of your picture off-center. That’s it.
Officially, you’re suppose to split your picture into thirds both horizontally and vertically like this.
Simple right? Then find natural points of alignment along these lines. Here’s an example.
Occasionally you’ll get a “power point” – when two lines intersect on your subject.
Sometimes you get two parallel lines, which is also very powerful.
But don’t go crazy over Rule of Thirds. Remember, its just a guideline. Sometimes its not about the lines, it just about where your focus point is.
We all naturally focus on the face of the subject – in any picture. This is a focus point.
That’s it. Just move your focus point off-center. And you’re done.
And this moves us right into the topic – the focus point – and how to not screw it up.
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