Welcome to the first ever post of our Film Tips series. To kick things off, I (Rodolphe) will start with this basic tutorial covering the Rule of Thirds. I do plan on making more advanced video tutorials in the near future, not just articles, but for right now let's start things simple. The Rule of Thirds is one of the key guidelines to framing beautiful and interesting shots, so let's learn all about it!
What is the Rule of Thirds?
How to use it?
Car is right in the center of the frame.
Following the rule of thirds.
The image on the right follows the rule of thirds. The left vertical line goes through the car, and the bottom horizontal line goes across the horizon. This adds more tension to the shot and makes it much more interesting.
How your mother would do it.
How you should do it.
Not only does the image on the left suffers from too much headroom (Headroom is pretty much the space above the subject's head; we'll get more into that later), but the guy is also centered in the frame. When dealing with people, a good practice is to have one of the vertical lines go through the subject, and one of the horizontal lines (usually the top one) go through the eyes of the subject (right).
The cross is in the center... Yawn!
Following the rule of thirds... Yay!