Tips for Taking Great Photos: Rule of Thirds & Angle of View

Due to its extreme close up nature, macro photography results in simple, minimalistic images. You can add visual interest to macro photos by following the rule of thirds and adjusting the angle of your camera.

Rule of Thirds

To apply the rule of thirds to your photograph, break an image down into thirds (both horizontally and vertically) so that you have 9 parts. Place points of interest in the intersections or along the lines to create a more balanced and visually interesting photo. Studies have shown that people’s eyes usually go to one of the intersection points rather than the center of the shot. When we use the rule of thirds, we make the way people naturally view images work for us rather than against us.


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Angle of View

Eye Level
An eyelevel angle is the one in which the camera is placed at the subject’s height.
Eyelevel shots are incredibly common because they are neutral. They often have no dramatic power whatsoever.

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High Angle
In a high angle (bird’s eye view), the camera is above the subject, looking down. High angle shots can make the subject seem vulnerable or powerless, and are usually used to make the image more dramatic.

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Low Angle
Low angles (worm’s eye view) are captured from a camera placed below the subject, looking up at them.
Low angles make the subject look dominant, aggressive, or ominous.

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Today we will:

  • Shoot macro (extreme close up) photographs outside. Remember to:
    • frame your image so it follows the rule of thirds
    • photograph the same subject from different camera angles (bird’s eye view, worm’s eye view, eye level view)
    • keep your camera at least a foot (12 inches) from your subject to prevent blurry photos
    • show depth in your photo (do not simply photograph a flat subject such as a mural)
    • make sure your image has a clear focal point or subject
  • Transfer our photos from our phones or SD cards onto the computer
  • Upload our best 6-20 photos to our Google Drive accounts and our class blogs
  • Publish a new blog post with our best 6-20 photos and a few sentences describing what you are happy with and what you still find challenging regarding the macro photography assignment
  • Clear the SD cards
  • Return the cameras and charge the batteries

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