Digital Storytelling

The Rule of Thirds - examples of what not to do!


image a

Here the image is divided horizontally into two equal parts, making for a static image.









image b

In this image there is only minimal content on the very edge of the lower third, leaving the viewer wondering: why? What did the picture taker want to show me?

image c

Images c and d illustrate what happens when you put the most important part of the image dead center instead of into the lower or upper third (in addition to using a bad camera angle in the dog image, and having too tight a frame in the picture of the man's eyes.) In image c you see the dog, but you don't know why - the dog is not in action, it's not looking somewhere else or going anywhere.

Image d lets the viewer wonder why you see this person's eyes - since they are almost cropped, you are not sure whether they are really important or not, nor do you have a sense of where/what he is looking at.


image d