Rule of Thirds and Photography
Instead of talking about using the Rule of Thirds, I really want to talk about breaking one of the rules contained in the Rule of Thirds.
If you’ve been involved in photography (or art) for any length of time, you know that important elements in your compositions are not supposed to be placed in the center of the frame. Instead, the convention is to place them off-center, and more specifically, along the horizontal or vertical thirds of the frame. The ‘power points’ are the four places in the frame where the horizontal and vertical thirds intersect, and these places are reserved for the most important subjects in the picture.
I would like to submit to you that this isn’t always the way things should be. This morning I put together this composite of my wife and a 3D abstraction of clouds. I used the background image as an example in my Photoshop II course in the lesson about working in three dimensions. It was created using the Andromeda filter 3D-luxe. I texture mapped a photo of clouds on a sphere and then placed the sphere in front of the original picture of the clouds. Then, I cut and pasted the photo of my wife in front of it.
Note, though, that the placement of my wife is right in the center of the picture, and, too, the sphere is dead center. If this were presented to a typical camera club competition, I’d bet a hundred dollars that the judges would not approve of such an arrangement of elements. But the question is, does it work artistically? I say yes, it does. And I think most people would agree.
Can this same concept work if my wife is placed off-center? Actually, yes, it can. I’ve uploaded a second picture to prove that.
Which one is better? That is a matter of personal taste. I like both of them.