The Academy 2016 / December Challenge: Rule of Thirds.

The Academy 2016 / December Challenge: Rule of Thirds.

The Wall © Knut Skjærven

The Wall © Knut Skjærven

Welcome to the December Challenge on The Academy.

Since it is the Christmas month we will make this challenge an easy and a pleasing task.  You should shoot and post from December 1 to December 31, 2016. No old stuff please.

I am sure you all know about The Rule of Third (TRT) in photography. It simple means that you operate with thirds in stead any other compositional principles.

It is said that applying The Rule of Third gives both a pleasing and a dynamic felling to a photograph. That is what we are going to practice in December.

What does The Rule of Thirds mean in this context?

It means that you should structure your composition along a ratio of 2 to 1. Both horizontally and vertically. Virtually you divide the length of a picture in three equal portions. You do the same with the height of the picture.

Normally you illustrate The Rule of Thirds with a rectangular picture but I also use the formula for square photographs. You are allowed to do the same.

If you look at the photograph above you will find that the two major vertical lines are going through the a) single girl on the left side, and b) the group of 3 on the right side. I have not been too precise with the horizontal lines since the major lines are closer to one fourth than to one thirds.

I use The Rule of Thirds with a degree of freedom. 

In shooting and posting for the December Challenge you are to look for thirds in your pictures. You need to apply it to a) the horizontal view, or b) the vertical view or even both.

It has to be clearly recognisable what you are trying to do. Occam will be all over you.

If you feel in a particular good mood in the Christmas month you can even include a sub-section or a sub-theme within your shot. If you look at the example photograph there is a green grid covering all of it but there is also a red square around the 3 folks on the right. Thus there is a square within a square and even in that smaller square The Rules of Thirds is recognisable. If you feel for it go for such a sub-section too. It is not mandatory.

Posts 3 to 5 great street photographs to the workspace during December. Here is the workspace: New Street Agenda: The Academy 2016. 

I will post teasers along the way.

Good luck with The Rule of Thirds :-). Do your very best.

Copenhagen, November 27, 2016.

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Knut Skjærven

Knut Skjærven is a Norwegian photographer, writer and researcher working out of Copenhagen, Denmark.

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