Yesterday’s Topic: One Subject, Ten Photos
Today’s topic in the 31+ Days Of Photography Experiments is to practice the Rule Of Thirds. If you have not read up on the rule, I suggest you do so here. It’s Friday so I’ll keep this short and sweet.
Here’s the experiment you can run:
1) You will be choosing five subjects during this experiment to frame in different ways. Set your camera to your favorite program mode. I suggest picking smaller items, like fruit or gerbils.
2) With your first subject, take a picture with it straight in the middle. Then a shot with the subject along one of the meridians for the rule of thirds.
3) Now turn your camera on its side, shooting in a portrait orientation. Take two more photos; one with the object along different meridians.
4) Turn your camera back to landscape orientation one more time and take one final shot on a different meridian.
5) Repeat this process on each of the five objects. If your subject is a person’s face, try placing their eyes (or eye if seen from the side) at the meridians.
Done! With Shooting.
This experiment will seem boring and highly repetitive. And that is part of the point. Think of Daniel in the movie The Karate Kid. Painting that fence. Waxing that car. Over and over.
Repetition will make you a better photographer when you take the time to practice. It’s not simply good enough to repeat taking bad pictures, but to practice looking at light and composition in different ways.
So go ahead and practice during the weekend. When you come up to a subject, try framing it a number of ways and not just accepting what your brain wants to shoot the first time. This practice will train your brain to constantly be looking for a better angle or a better way of composing.
Have a great weekend.
P.S. Rules are meant to be broken, but you have to learn them first to know how to break them best.
On Monday we’ll cover Different Times Of Day = Different Light = Different Photos.
31+ Days Of Photography Experiments is a series written by professional photographer Peter West Carey on The Carey Adventures.Com. The series is designed to unravel the mysteries of photography so you can take better pictures through practical experiments on the material found in 31+ Days To Better Photography. Subscribe here to receive all the updates and bonus material. Your comments are always welcome.