Do you ever look at a photo and think, “something is bugging me about this picture”? It almost always happens when the photographer has broken a compositional rule without doing it on purpose.
I was looking at a post I’d put up on Instagram. A friend and colleague had brought us flowers to celebrate our expansion. I took a really quick shot with my phone and posted it. The next morning, I looked at it and thought, “Crap…if I’d only moved my phone a bit more to the left”.
Basically, I had broken the principle of eye room in the rule of thirds. I put all the dead space on the wrong side of my frame and all of the weight of the photo on the left. Technically, I did follow the rule of thirds, but I did it on the wrong side of the frame.
Luckily, through the wonders of Photoshop, I can show you how it would have looked if I’d been more thoughtful with my composition.
It’s a subtle difference, but it’s enough to take away that “something is bugging me” feeling.
It’s important to really pay attention to your composition, especially when you’re going to change the size or crop it in a way that’s different to the original (such as making it square for Instagram) and think out how the final photo is going to look.
By the way, this is one of the tips we teach in the composition portion of our Introduction to Photography and Outdoor Summer Photography classes and if you think this one is neat, you should see the other four compositional rules in action!
If you’re interested in the four week Introduction to Photography class, we’re offering it in the new year, starting January 13th. It makes a great Christmas gift for the photography lover in your world!