Photography is incredibly important in all aspects of life but even more so on social media. According to Jamie Iria, “Photography is the only language that can be understood anywhere in the world.” No one can glance at a paragraph and immediately understand its message. A photo, on the other hand, has that ability along with many others. As a former graphic design and film student, I am passionate about sharing simple tricks to improve your photography. I have heard many people who want to get into photography but don’t feel good enough. That is crazy, everyone is good enough to capture moments of light that inspire them. The trick is knowing how to work with the limitations of both cameras and the human brain. If you are an aspiring entrepreneur looking to start your social media identity or if you’re an established small business that needs to spice up your current sites, this article is for you. The rule of thirds is one way to begin improving your content. If you wish to learn more about simple ways to improve your photography, leave a comment down below.
The Rule of Thirds
The rule of thirds is more of a guideline but it’s a good one. Last time you looked at a photo, was the subject in the center? Maybe, but should it be? In an article posted to Digital Trends, Daven Mathis purposes, “…putting the subject elsewhere from where you expect to find it – is one reason why the rule of thirds can make a photo more interesting.” There are other ways of composing a pleasing photograph but the rule of thirds is quick, easy, and effective. So how does it work? First, divide your photo into thirds both vertically and horizontally. Your camera may have a setting to turn on a grid which can help when your beginning. Eventually you will develop a feel for how a composition should look. Next, line up your subject on one of the intersections (top left, top right, bottom left, bottom right). It’s that simple…kinda.
Chris Tip: Lining up a subject on a grid doesn’t make you an artist. It can make your photos more pleasing but an artist conveys a message and an emotion with their work that is intentional and well crafted. What does that mean? Let’s use an example to illustrate my point. Imagine you line up a young girl in the bottom right of your frame. The rest of the frame is a wall of makeup at a local beauty store. On the top left intersection, you line up a sign that says, “Every Girl Needs Makeup”. This composition would make the little girl appear even smaller compared to the towering wall of cosmetics. The sign would be looming over the subject showing the power of the message. This simple photo can show the pressure our society places on women to be “beautiful”. Don’t let this intimidate you. Start with the rule of thirds but know that there is more to learn if you want to take your photography even further. If you would like to see more posts like this, leave a comment down below.