This week’s tip is courtesy of our production manager, Cale!
Heed the rule of thirds!
Whether it’s photography, videography or painting, framing is an essential part of making a captivating image and can help convey a certain message. What is the rule of thirds? When looking at an image, whether it’s through the viewfinder of an expensive video camera, or just the screen of your smart phone, picture an imaginary set of lines splitting the frame into 9 equal segments. Following the rule of thirds means positioning your subject(s) along these lines or at their intersections. This is because our eyes naturally look for these points on an image first rather than looking at something straight down the middle.
In the image above you can see that the main subject of this shot is line up with the right-most vertical line, and his body is centered on the lower right intersection. Also, the horizon is lined up with the lower horizontal line, which is another important aspect to this rule.
Of course, in art and creativity, “rules” are more like suggestions - but without knowing the rule in the first place, how would you know how to break it?