Improve your iPhone Photos with the Rule of Thirds

by | Dec 14, 2018

I’m not a good photographer.  And when it comes to iPhone photography, even though I have a pretty good understanding of what our iPhone camera can do, this doesn’t guarantee good photos.  I have bad habits especially when it comes to setting up the photos I take.  Most photographers think of this as composition.    

But this week’s tip is about one particular bad habit that many amateur photographers have, that is, centering your subject.

Photography experts recommend that generally do not want to center your subject in a picture.  Instead consider the Rule of Thirds where you divide your image into thirds.  Imagine a grid like this.

The composition idea is to place your subjects one the lines or intersections of the grid.  For example, if you are photographing a person position their eyes at the blue dots.  If you are photographing an outdoor scene, put the horizon at one of the horizontal lines.  The basic idea is that this positioning adds balance and interest to the photo.  

This week’s Featured Nugget will highlight the rule of thirds and show you how your iPhone can help with your Rule of Thirds positioning. 

 

Featured Recipe

In photography, the Rule of Thirds (Wikipedia) provides a tried and true guideline that photographers use to compose better photos.  The rule proposes that instead of simply centering your photo subject, you divide your image into thirds and place your subject at the intersection of those divisions.  

Notice how the tree and horizon are aligned with the grid lines. You can have gridlines on your camera screen to assist you. (Wikipedia Photo)

  If you want to learn more about the rule of thirds and how your iPhone can help, click the button below to Read More.

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Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club has covered the Camera and Photos apps extensively.  Here are additional Recipes and Nuggets for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on the Camera and Photos apps:

 

Senior Tech Club Recipes and Nuggets on the Camera and Photos apps:

NumberTitle
The Basics of iPhone Photography - Let's Point and Shoot
450The Basics of iPhone Photography – Let’s Point and Shoot
Beyond Point and Shoot with iPhone Photography
451Beyond Point and Shoot with iPhone Photography
Read QR Codes
N1Read QR Codes with your iPhone
Swipe left on the lock screen to launch the camera app
N21Quickly Launch the Camera App to Capture the Kodak Moment
Swipe Up to Get More Photo Information
N25Swipe Up to Get More Photo Information
Camera Grid Helps with Rule of Thirds Composition
N24Camera Grid Helps with Rule of Thirds Composition
Tap the Heart to Favorite or un-Favorite Photos for your Brag Book
N28Create a Brag Book with Photo Favorites
Organizing your Photos with Albums
452Organizing your Photos with Albums
Double Tap on the map to get more details
N26Tips and Tools for Finding Photos
Show your Photos with a Slideshow
N29Show your Photos with a Slideshow
Add Text or Drawing to a Photo
N27Add Text or Drawing to a Photo
Turn off Live Photos
N30Turn off Live Photos
Crop & Edit Photos with the Photos App
453Crop & Edit Photos with the Photos App
Share Photos with iCloud Photo Sharing
454Share Photos with iCloud Photo Sharing
Seven Ways to Release the Camera Shutter
N22Seven Ways to Release the Camera Shutter
A Tour of the Camera App
N23A Tour of the Camera App
Checkmarks and Add To to batch add photos to albums
N38Organizing your Photos with Albums
How to Scan a QR Code in a Photo using Google Lens
N39How to Scan a QR Code in a Photo using Google Lens
How to Trim an iPhone or iPad Video
N57How to Trim an iPhone or iPad Video
How to Set Up the iCloud Photo Library
N53How to Set Up the iCloud Photo Library
How to View and Manage Burst Photos
N58How to View and Manage Burst Photos
LIVE! #14 - Taking Better iPhone Photos  - Part 1  Camera Basics
LIVE! #14 – Taking Better iPhone Photos – Part 1 Camera Basics
LIVE! #15 - Taking Better iPhone Photos  - Part 2 Beyond Point & Click
LIVE! #15 – Taking Better iPhone Photos – Part 2 Beyond Point & Click
LIVE! #16 - Taking Better iPhone Photos  - Part 3 Get Creative with Advanced Modes
LIVE! #16 – Taking Better iPhone Photos – Part 3 Get Creative with Advanced Modes
How to Delete Photos on your iPhone or iPad
N69How to Delete Photos on your iPhone or iPad
How to Order Photo Prints using the Walgreens app
N70How to Order Photo Prints using the Walgreens app
Reduce Sleep Inhibiting Blue Light with Night Shift
N71Reduce Sleep Inhibiting Blue Light with Night Shift
How to Take a Screenshot on your iPhone
N72How to Take a Screenshot on your iPhone
Tap the Heart to Favorite or un-Favorite Photos for your Brag Book
N28Create a Brag Book with Photo Favorites
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