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Photography Basics - (2) Rule of Thirds

  • Rule of Thirds is a guideline to help you compose interesting pictures. 
  • It is useful not only for composing your photos but also other visual images such as paintings. 
  • However, it's only a guideline and images that do not follow this rule are not necessarily uninteresting and unbalanced.

1st step: 
Divide the space into 3 equal rows and 3 equal columns.

The points where the lines meet are indicated by the red ovals. 
Most digital cameras allow you to display this grid on the screen as you take your photos.

2nd step: 
Place the element/subject that you want to photograph on the intersection(s). 

Here's an example that I took. Can you see how this image is broken down into thirds? 
Notice where the subject (the lady) is placed at one of the intersections. 

Try it out!

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one subject, many angles

one of Ng Eng Teng's many sculptures @ NUS Museum 

one subject, many angles…

Shot on a mobile phone… 
Visit NUS Museum! Free admission. 

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Photography Basics - (1) Angles / Perspective / Viewpoint

Photography is more than just taking Selfies! ;>
Use different angles...

Try ...

1) a bird's eye view - shoot from a higher ground / from the top of the subject 

2) a worm's eye view - sit / kneel / lie down on the ground and shoot upwards at the subject

3) make use of reflection - mirror, water puddle on the ground, pond etc.

4) Try these too: 
  • take from a different level besides eye-level e.g. hip level 
  • move around the subject - back view, side view
  • tilt your camera e.g. to create diagonal horizon
  • use shadows …

Go on and take as many photos as possible! 
Very often, we need to take many shots to get that one single photo that we like.
Refer to the web for many more examples of the tips discussed above. 

Good luck! 

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