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PHOTO: Kitsap Frames Photo Challenge #24: The Rule of Thirds

August 17th, 2010 by Meegan Reid

That’s right we’re going all the way back to the basics of photography with this week’s challenge featuring the rule of thirds.

The rule of thirds implies that images are most pleasing when the subjects or regions are composed along imaginary lines which divide the image into thirds — both vertically and horizontally. The four points where these lines intersect are the strongest focal points. The lines themselves are the second strongest focal points therefore by placing your subject etc. on or very near these intersection points will give you the strongest composition.

Now here’s the thing, SOME rules are meant to be broken and this is one of them but for this challenge you must follow the rule. So show us your best image using the rule of thirds by placing important elements of your composition where the imaginary lines intersect or along the lines themselves. That means not a single photo entered should utilize centered composition.

Many camera viewfinders have a rule of thirds grid built in, but if yours does not then just imagine those lines while you are composing the photograph.

The photo can be of anything- that’s right ANYTHING just show us the rule of thirds.

You’ll have until August 23rd. to show us your best shot. Remember we encourage you to get out there and shoot the challenge in the week that it is posted and the rules and regulations will be posted at the end of this post. (NOTE FROM DEREK: Try to limit your entries to one or two of your best. It gets hard sifting through 10 photos from one person.)

Here are some examples from our archives that demonstrate the rule of thirds (I even put a grid on them to get you visualizing.)

***Do not enter your photos with a grid on them, this is just to show you what we’re talking about***

***To recap: Every week we will post a new photography “challenge” to help build on all of our current photography skills and to encourage everyone to get out and get shooting (cameras not guns). While we encourage you to shoot the challenge in the week that it is assigned, we will however accept entries taken prior to the challenge assignment date.

When you’ve got your favorite shot, login to the Kitsap Sun Your Media Site (if you don’t already have a login, you can quickly set it one up) or click the “Kitsap Frames Photo Challenge Entries” button over there on the right side of the page and upload your image to the Kitsap Frames Photo Challenge Channel (the channels run along the left hand side of the page, again if you can’t seem to get it into the channel just upload it normally and send me an email and we’ll move it).

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5 Responses to “PHOTO: Kitsap Frames Photo Challenge #24: The Rule of Thirds”

  1. kenny Says:

    Not one photo shows up on my screen. It is all empty blank boxes.

  2. derek sheppard Says:

    Kenny,

    I believe our tech people were doing some upgrades to our blog software. It’s possible there was a glitch during that process. Try again. It’s working fine for me. Otherwise, what browser are you using? Thanks.

    - Derek Sheppard

  3. Colleen Smidt Says:

    I loaded one. I hope I did it correctly. This was my first time attempting it.

  4. Colleen Smidt Says:

    Derek, can you rotate it for me or do I need to upload a new one?

  5. derek sheppard Says:

    I can rotate them in the blog, but it’s kind of a pain. It’d be great if you could rotate it and reupload it. Thanks!

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