One Simple Trick to Take Better Photos

If you’re like me, you might be wondering why your photographs look nothing like the ones your photo savvy friends take. Yes, it might be because they have more years of practice or the latest snazzy camera, but I’m here to let you in on a not-so-secret tip to make your photos look much nicer. One of the first lessons most people are taught in photography to help create more balanced looking pictures is known as the Rule of Thirds. To follow this rule, you will need to imagine your image being divided by 2 horizontal, and 2 vertical lines, creating 9 evenly sized boxes (see the image that looks like a tic-tac-toe grid?). At the intersections of these lines, marked in the second image by green circles, are the places you want to center the focus of your photograph. Many digital cameras have the option to display a grid to help you with positioning you picture.

gridgrid intersections

Placing the most important elements on the intersections usually creates photos that are more aesthetically pleasing. Below is an example photograph that follow the Rule of Thirds.

rule of thirds photorule of thirds grid

Don’t worry if your previous photographs don’t follow the Rule of Thirds. You can always go back and crop your images to make them just right. Take a look at the photo we fixed up by cropping off the edges.

family photographcropped family photograph

Keep in mind that this rule is just a guideline.. Feel free to play around with other compositions to get the look you like. After all, you’re capturing sights and moments the way you want to remember them!

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3 Comments to “One Simple Trick to Take Better Photos”

  1. Thanks for this great article on using the rule of thirds. Another simple rule that I would also suggest is to ZOOM IN or FILL THE FRAME for outstanding pictures.

  2. Thanks you for the article and the sample photographs. A great tip. . . M

  3. I have a reputation for lots of not very good photos. I think this will help. Thanks. I like your Christmas Cards. Nice and reasonably priced. Congrats on being a new grandma. You can’t beat it.

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