published November 23, 2009 by Ben Adams

Wildlife Photography Tip: Rule of Thirds

wildlife photography - rule of thirdsLast week I wrote about ISO, aperture and shutter speed. That’s a lot to take in for one lesson. This week we’ll be going over the rule of thirds.

Most cameras today have a grid setting that puts two vertical and two horizontal lines in your view finder. This splits your view finder into equal thirds with a grid like a tic tac toe game. Ideally these intersecting lines are where you want the main features of your subject — eyes, head, etc.

The photo above shows my son looking to the right, so I placed him 1/3rd of the way from the left edge to have him looking to the wide side of the picture.

Many people would’ve shot with the “bulls eye syndrome” and placed him in the center.  This would not have been a well-composed photo, as it would have looked unbalanced.

If he was looking down to the right, I would’ve placed his head a little higher in the photo to have him looking more into the picture.

This is a very simple tip that will spice up your photos dramatically, and can be applied to any wildlife or fish you may be photographing.

Read the full column by Arkansas Outdoors Online contributing writer Todd Whetstine in the Arkansas hunting forum.

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