This week’s CCY Theme is Centerpoint – Breaking the Rule of Thirds. For this assignment I would like to see at least 4-6 photos of photos taken with the center of your photo being the location of your main subject.
When is a rule not a rule?
I’m not a very good follower of rules. I think rigid adherence to rules — in art or in life — stifles creativity. Thus, although I understand the guidelines, I don’t think about them while I’m shooting. I look in the viewfinder or screen . When I see something that pleases me, I shoot. No matter where it falls in the picture.
The rule of thirds is a useful guideline — especially during editing — but it is by no means a law that must always be followed. Many pictures fall naturally into thirds. If you have to force it, the rule probably doesn’t … or shouldn’t … apply.
As Cee showed in her examples, just because you can crop and force a photograph to fit “the rule,” it doesn’t mean the result will be satisfying. Know when to follow your own eye and instinct.
Macros often work out best place in the middle of the frame, at least in part because of the way macro lenses focus. When you are shooting very tight and close, you often don’t have much choice in where you put your subject. Or, more to the point, you may want your picture on the left, but your camera may have its own idea. I do not argue with my lenses because I always lose.
When you fill your frame completely, the subject tends to be in the middle by default.
The above picture is centered … but it’s also on a diagonal. It’s not always a simple choice.
The most important lesson to learn is that rules are not rigid or mandatory. They are meant to be broken. Understanding why rules exist is dandy, but don’t follow blindly. Use your eyes, your heart, and your vision.
It’s rule breakers who are remembered as great artists.