Again, I'm no expert. But I'm still learning and when I have that light bulb moment, I like to share it with my readers. One of my first light bulb moments when it came to taking pictures was learning about the rule of thirds.
The name is deceiving, because it's not a rule. It's more of a guideline. No one says if you don't use this rule, your pictures fail. But using this "rule" definitely helped me compose better shots. So what is it?
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Now this is not to say that a photo can never be centered. In fact, in certain situations, a centered subject creates more dramatic effect. But I believe, to compose the subject this way, the rest of your photo need more depth. In the engagement photo below, Erwin centered Chris and I but you can see how the side buildings created almost like a 3-D effect, which gave more depth and layers to the overall photo.
If you're thinking by this point, "Well this doesn't apply because I only take everyday shots of people", the rule also applies to taking portraits of people.
I know the above photo is a little off center, but imagine if it were completely centered, the rule of thirds would apply to where the subject's eye is aligned. The eye should align at the top focal line. If you're taking a full body shot, or if you're taking a multiple subject photo, the top focal line should be aligned to their faces.
Phew! That was fun. I hope this was helpful and I urge you to try this out. When it comes to photos, just trying it on your camera is the true way to learn. Everything's digital now, so photos are like free! Trial and error was how I learned, and I'm still learning. I also realize I'm not technical and I may have used wrong terms. But everyone gets the gist right? :)