Breaking The Rule of Thirds – Part 2

January 25, 2010

In our previous post we discussed some situations where you might want to break the rule of thirds. There is still another reason you may want to think about slightly modifying the rule of thirds as well.

The images produced by today’s digital cameras have simply taken the technology from the 35mm film camera days and used it as a basis for the images the digital camera creates. The problem here is that a 35mm image when blown up will create an 8X12 image and NOT and 8X10 image.

What this means is that you need to be careful when you frame your photographs because 8X12 picture frames are not easy to come by, whereas 8X10 picture frames are. The same is true of photo albums which are mostly formatted to accept 8X10 photographs instead of 8X12 photographs.

You can certainly get photo albums and photo holders that will accommodate the larger images, but they will be more expensive and perhaps more difficult to store on a shelf or in a drawer. I provide a link to get some of these items at my archival photo storage page.

When I know I am taking a photograph that I will later want to use in picture frames around my home I try to make sure I allow some extra space either above the subjects head or below their feet. This way I can trim the 2 inches from the image but still preserve the essence of the photograph for display.

Remember, keep taking lots and lots of photographs of your kids. You will be glad you did!

Betty Muscott, Child Photographer

Betty Muscott, Child Photographer

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