Shooting Challenge: Rule Of Thirds

Welcome to The Gizmodo Shooting Challenge, where Giz readers get to pit their photographic skills against each other for the admiration of their editors on a dedicated theme each week. This week’s challenge: Rule Of Thirds. Entries close Tuesday.

Composing the perfect image isn't too tough when you consider the rule of thirds. It's a compositional guideline that breaks the frame up into horizontal and vertical thirds, which lets you place interesting subjects at natural focal points in the photo.

Many cameras have a grid option to help you compose these images while shooting, which you can usually access by pressing the display button a few times. By placing your subjects along these lines with key focal points where the lines intersect, you can end up with a more striking image than just plopping your subject front and centre. It's not a hard and fast rule, but it can definitely help you take some better photos...

Please note that we've changed the submission rules recently, so make sure you read through them carefully.

1. The work must be your own. 2. Photos need to be taken the week of the contest. No portfolio shots please. 3. Explain (briefly) the photography equipment, settings, technique and story behind shot. 4. Entries must be submitted via the feedback form here; choose "Gizmodo Shooting Challenge" as the contact reason. 5. Don't forget to attach your image! (at least 800px wide) 6. One submission per person.

Submit your best photo by Tuesday, January 24, 2012, at 10am AEDT through the feedback form (select "Gizmodo Shooting Challenge" in the dropdown box). Save your files as JPGs, and use a FirstnameLastnameRULEOFTHIRDS.jpg naming convention. Include your shooting summary (camera, lens, ISO, etc) in the body of the email along with a story of the shot in a few sentences.

And don’t skip this story part because it’s often the most enjoyable part for us all beyond the great photos!

Need Inspiration? Check out the previous Gizmodo Shooting Challenges.

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