Rule of Thirds – Food Photography
Ever wondered what the term “Rule of Thirds” meant in Photography? Well It´s basically when you divide a photo into thirds or nine equal sections.
Why you might ask?
Look in the photo above and below, where the lines intersect is where the eye naturally goes when looking at a photo. Photographers will place their focal points near the 4 intersecting lines or one of the 4 intersecting lines. This allows the person looking at the photo to interact with it in a more natural way.
This can be done when you are taking the photo or you can do it when you edit it. Your aim is to ensure whoever is looking at the photo, has a clear focus on the main subject in the photo. It helps your audience interact with your photos in a more natural way.
Now there are many times that you throw the rule of thirds rule right out the window…so please don’t live and die by this rule but rather use it as a guideline. The Rule of Thirds was applied more accurately in the photo below.
A little more info about how I take my photos
- I shoot most of my photos in manual mode and
- I mainly use natural light with no flash.
- I use a tripod for my videos and hardly ever for my photo shoots.
- I edited the pictures slightly by brightening it up a bit, bumping up the saturation and sharpened up the photo.
Learn how to use manual mode in this excellent tutorial called: Learn How To Use Manual Mode On Your DSLR Camera With This Easy Photography Tutorial. This Tasty Food Photography ebook helped me improve my photos tremendously!
I hope you guys are finding great use out of these Photography Tip posts! Have you seen my post on why I think Natural Light is best in food photography? I´ll be back with another one shortly.