This course is an examination of new-media forms and the effects of new digital media on media industries and the practice of journalism. The course will examine the differences between traditional and new-media journalism in theory and in practice and explore online writing techniques and the design of online news pages.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
The Rule of Thirds
Before you start working on your first photo assignment you should be familiar with the rule of thirds. The basic principle behind the rule of thirds is to imagine breaking an image down into thirds (both horizontally and vertically) so that you have 9 parts. With this grid in mind the ‘rule of thirds’ now identifies four important parts of the image that you should consider placing points of interest in as you frame your image.It also gives you four ‘lines’ that are also useful positions for elements in your photo.
To the left is a photo I took in New Orleans. You can see that the main point of interest occurs at one of the intersections on the grid.
The theory is that if you place points of interest in the intersections or along the lines that your photo becomes more balanced and will enable a viewer of the image to interact with it more naturally. Studies have shown that when viewing images that people’s eyes usually go to one of the intersection points most naturally rather than the center of the shot – using the rule of thirds works with this natural way of viewing an image rather than working against it. It is easy in Photo Gallery to check if your photo is following the rule of thirds by hitting the crop button that will place a grid like this on your photo. Then you can adjust the image correctly by cropping out portions of the photo you don't want. Here is another webpage that goes into a more detailed explanation of the rule of thirds and gives you more examples.