Rule of Thirds & Room to Move

Rule of Thirds & Room to Move

Moments That Matter: lesson 3: topic 3: rule of thirds and room to move

Image 1- Love this one, two brothers, never too old to play:)
whilst I got the rule of thirds I didn’t get alot of space for room to move, struggled with that with all actually. Understood the concept but… just couldn’t manage to combine the two.
iso 400, speed 1/2000, ap 3.26

Image 2 – Sebastian playing mud kitchens. Not perfect but happy with the soft look. Tick for rule of thirds here
iso 200, speed 1/90, ap 3.26

Image 3- Malachi with little brother on dune buggy. Tick for rule of thirds but not for room to move
iso 400, speed 1/2000, ap 3.26

Image 4 – Always happy on his tractor. Not a perfect shot in that his eye is not on the dot but is on the line.
shutter speed should have been faster too. My camera is limited though, on shutter my only iso choices are 400 and 800 and later in the day this makes the pics too dark so I shot on aperture.
iso 200, speed 1/10, ap 3.26

croproom-3 croproom-2 croproom-1 croproom-4

By Erin
Erin, married to my Prince Charming, mum of 10, wannabe photographer. Living on a property on the North Coast of NSW.


  1. Hi Erin, yep you nailed the rule of thirds. You don’t always have to give room to move but it’s good to keep it in mind. In the buggy images you could have stepped back a bit and angled the buggy slightly diagonally (rather than so straight on) and then left more space on the side they were heading towards. Giving room to move works best (and is easier) when you use a landscape (i.e. horizontal) format. These images appear to be cropped more square which makes it harder to leave room. I hope that makes sense. Let me know if you’re unsure.

    • Robyn,
      Hooray!! Buggy was tricky as it was moving but I can see what you mean, thanks:)
      ah I confess I did crop a bit with a couple. Thanks for the tips!:)

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