When framing a stationary subject while composing a photo or video screen shot, your natural tendency will be to put the subject right in the center of the shot. But you can create a much more dynamic and interesting photo by shifting your subject off center. One way to compose an image is to use the "Rule of Thirds" to place subjects in visually stimulating locations in your frame.
There are different ways of using the Rule of Thirds, which are based upon something called the Golden Ratio. These ratios can be found in many objects we consider to be visually attractive and beautiful. The whorls of a shell, the symmetry of a face, and the petals of a flower all exhibit these ratios in some way. Famous photographers use these ratios to frame and compose photos that are timeless and beautiful.
In this experiment, you can investigate how often famous works of photographic art obey these rules of composition. You will make templates for different arrangements of the Rule of Thirds and use them to score famous photos. Do the most famous photos obey or break the rules?
Step 1: Terms and Concepts
- Golden Ratio
- Rule of Thirds