Lesson 3 of 8
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Create Better Balance

You’ve probably heard of the “Rule of Thirds” before.  It states that you don’t want to place your subject smack dab in the middle of the frame.  Otherwise it’ll feel unbalanced and yes — very amateurish.

Instead, imagine a tic-tac-toe board on your image where all 9 rectangles are equal.  Here:

Now, instead of placing your subject dead center, place him/her along one of lines OR in one of the the intersections.

Since the eyes of our kids are the most important part of the subject, place the eyes along the top line. You can even place one of the eye’s on the intersection, like this:

You might be wondering if this the “fill the frame” idea since there’s extra space on the left?  Negatory, my friend.  

You’ll naturally fill the frame quite nicely when you use the rule of thirds.  The extra space on the side is actually called “negative space” in the art & design world.  

  • It counters the focal point.
  • It gives weight to the focal point.
  • It creates balance.
  • It makes you look like a creative genius.

And here’s what will really make you look like a pro: fill the frame SO much that you actually “cut off” your kid’s head. Pro photogs do this all the time.  They know it’ll fill the frame with the face.  And in doing so you’ll “get to the eyes” of your subject. 

Remember to keep the rule of thirds and an eye-level perspective intact.

Combine it all, and you’ll get something like this:

All your friends will say the same thing: “You have such an eye for this!”

Just say thank you. Soak it in my friend.

Lastly, you might be wondering how I got the background to be so blurry / out of focus. That’s what we’ll talk about in the next tip.