Shutter Speed: The Rule of Thirds

When I found out about this little trick a few years ago, I was blown away. How had I not learnt about this sooner? It changed the way I looked at taking photographs and the way I viewed others.
The following explanation comes from Digital Photography School. So without further a do…

What is the “Rule of Thirds?”
The rule of thirds is a technique used by photographers to create balance and composition.

The view is divided up into 9 squares. 2 vertical lines, 2 horizontal lines. These lines break the image up into thirds.


The idea is to place a horizontal line, like the horizon, on a horizontal line on the grid. This can be the top or bottom one, depending on what you think looks better, or what you are wanting to capture.

The same principle applied for vertical lines.

Don’t freak out, you can take the rule a step further.
See where the lines intersect? These are called “Power Points” You can place your subject on one of these intersections. This naturally draws the eye to the subject. The majority of people are more inclined to focus on the top left point, FYI!
This is what I mean….

The shell in on the bottom left power point, drawing you eye towards it. Just makes the photo look more… professional, don’t you think? Also, the horizon is roughly on the top third line, adding to the composition of the photo.

This principle is also important in post production. For example, when I upload my photos to Instagram, I follow this principle. Similarly, when I am editing on my computer, and cropping, this principle is invaluable.

All photo apps that I use have the option to have this grid on the screen. Have a look in the settings of the app!

Don’t forget, rules are meant to be broken. Some stunning photos have been captured by breaking the rules.

My rule of thumb, is take a heap of photos, and take your time. I take photos and use all of the lines and power points to try get the best looking photo.  Don’t worry if they don’t look right on your phone… you would be surprised what you can do when you get home to edit them! I love the crop tool!

This is just one of the many photography tips I have learned, and will be sharing. Next time you take a photo, pause and remember this fancy little trick!

Do you have any photography tips that you want to share? Or any you want to learn how to do? Let me know in the comments and I will endeavor to try them our and deliver my verdict!

Happy Snapping!

XO Kate


My Photography Blog

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I take photos with my iPhone…. who doesn’t, right?
I enjoy it and love learning new tips and tricks to enhance my photos. I am trying to broaden my extracurricular activities, outside of my study that I can participate in… I am a book worm and can get sucked in and not leave my house all day. Therefore, I want to try take more photos and get out of the house more often.

I have created a Tumblr account recently, where I post my photos and inspiration that I find along the way.
If you know of any photographers or have any photos that you want to share, leave the link in the comments and I will check them out!

In the mean time, here is the link to mine!


XO Kate

Carly Marie Special Offer

Once again the fabulous Carly Marie is offering a half price special offer on a range of her photographs! That means they are only $7.50 each.  As with all of her artwork, proceeds from these images will go to The Luminous Light Miscarriage Care pack and Memory Box Project. You can read all about Luminous Light here.

The images are emailed to you, so anyone around the world can have a beautiful piece of artwork in their homes.

So, if you want to purchase one, click on the image below!

I’d love to know if you have purchased any of her art previously, or planning to!

Photo:  Carly Marie

Week 1 Round Up

Since May didn’t start on a Monday, this week in photos will be shorter. Check out my snaps from the week for the May Photo Challenge below.

Day 1 / ‘Begins with J’ / Jeans

Day 2 / ‘Snack’ / Dried apples. My favorite! 🙂

Day 3 / ‘Collection’ / While it isn’t a collection per se, Scrubs is possibly my favorite TV series. Ever.

Day 4 / ‘Us’ / This is the 4 of us kids. Photos like this can only happen once a year, as my brother is in the Army. This photo was taken a few months ago.


Are you following along with the Photo Challenge? If so, I’d love to check out your photos!



Up for a challenge?

I have been on and off following the Fat Mum Slim‘s ‘Photo a Day Challenge’ on Instagram. Every month, Chantelle uploads a new list of words, or ‘cues’  every month for her followers to get creative. The idea is to take to word given and find something to take a photo of that relates to that word. Sounds simple right? I’m sure you can find a heap of things to take photos of where you are right now…. but it actually gets the creative juices flowing. And some cues aren’t as easy as others.

If you wish to follow along, check out her blog post to gain more of an understanding of how this challenge works.

And here is a list of the May Photo Challenge:

May Photo A Day list 2014


At the end of every week, I will upload my photos. I will warn you, I am not the best photographer, and only use my iPhone 5. So bear with me!

Stay tuned for more!