Photography 101
Day Five
Prompt: Solitude & the “Rule of Thirds”

We’re excited about today’s theme, solitude. In addition to thinking about what it means to you, also consider the placement of the subject in your shot. How can you interpret the state of being alone, or a lonely and uninhabited place?

Today’s Tip: As you frame your shot, consider the “Rule of Thirds,” which is a great introductory lesson in composition. Divide your shot into thirds, both horizontally and vertically, so you get nine parts. Your camera probably has the option to display this grid in your viewfinder or LCD screen. But if not, envision this atop your frame:

Place your subject at the intersections of these lines, or along them. This off-center placement also aligns with how our eyes naturally interact with images.

Get inspired by the submissions from Jen Hooks’ Rule of Thirds photo challenge from February 2015.

Rules are meant to be bent and broken, especially since each image is different! Today, experiment with this grid as you frame your solitary subject.


Cheri and the Team