Rule Of Thirds

One of the most basic rules of composition, the "rule of thirds" is a very good principle to stick with when photographing people. It states that you should place the subject of your photograph on a "third-line" within the frame of your viewfinder. Imagine a tic-tac-toe board, with two lines spaced evenly down the center of the frame both horizontally and vertically (Figure 4.11). Your goal is to place the subject on one of the intersecting lines—you're basically trying to keep the person off-center without pushing them too close to the edge of the frame.

FIGURE 4.11

The woman's face in this photo was positioned on one of the intersecting third-lines for a pleasing composition.

18-50mm lens

18-50mm lens

FIGURE 4.11

The woman's face in this photo was positioned on one of the intersecting third-lines for a pleasing composition.

Portraiture Images With Rule Thirds

Another thing to keep in mind is that you want to fill the frame as much as possible with your subject. This doesn't mean that you should get in so close that you have nothing in the shot but their face, but rather that you should be close enough so that you aren't adding anything to the image that you don't want to see. This is usually done by sticking to the third-line principle of framing the head near the top third of the frame. When I hand my camera to a friend to take my photo, I always chuckle to myself when I look at the image afterwards and my head is completely centered in the frame. I usually just go into editing software and crop out the excess headroom, making it look like it was properly composed. However, it's much easier and more efficient to do as much of the work in-camera as possible.

The great thing about the 7D is that you can add a grid overlay to your viewfinder and LCD (when shooting in Live View) to help you with the composition. You'll need to set up each one individually, but if it's something that you find useful, it's worth taking the extra steps.

SETTING UP THE GRID DISPLAY IN YOUR VIEWFINDER

1. Press the Menu button and go to the second setup menu tab (fourth tab from the right).

2. Use the Quick Control dial and scroll down to the last menu item, labeled VF Grid Display (A).

3. Press the Set button and select Enable (B). You will now see a grid overlay when you look through your viewfinder.

LCD brightness Auto

Date/Time Language^ Video system Sensor cleaning I VF grid display

Auto 03/04/-10 22:07 English NTSC

Disable

VF grid display Disable i Enable

SETTING UP THE GRID DISPLAY FOR LIVE VIEW SHOOTING

1. Press the Menu button and go to the fourth shooting menu tab (fourth tab from the left).

Use the Quick Control dial and scroll down to the menu item labeled Grid Display (C).

Press the Set button and select Grid 1 (D). I prefer this grid because it clearly shows the third-lines on the frame. Press the Set button to lock in this change.

Next, press the Live View shooting button, located on the back of your camera, and you'll see a grid overlay on your LCD Monitor.

Live View shoot, AF mode Grid display Expo, simulation Silent shooting Metering timer

Enable Live mode Off

Disable Mode 1 15sec.

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  • patricia
    How to apply rule of thirds in canon 7d?
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