Practical Photography Series # 3: The Rule of Thirds

Since the dawn of digital photography during the first decade of the new millenium, taking panoramic views has never been this easy. Photo editor can help correct the balance of the view.

In photography, we call it the "rule of thirds". Every time we focus on the subject,  we always incorporate the imaginary three divisions or three equal lines on every picture, vertically and horizontally.

It is very important when shooting landscape or seascape and other panoramic views that interest a photographer.

Sunset and Landscape (March 2011 - Photo by Travel Man)
Sunset and Landscape (March 2011 - Photo by Travel Man)

Pointers on taking Landscape or Seascape


1. Immediately put the imaginary three parts, vertically or horizontally on the subject. If you peer at the monitor of the camera, there's already a printed division of thirds on it.

2. If you are still using a manual camera without the printed grid, finding  three-part division of the panoramic view will be based on farm views or terrain  (as in valley, meadows, etc.)for the lowest one-third; the mountain ranges for the middle one-third and sky for the upper and last one-third. That principle will be for a typical landscape.

3. For the seascape, the sample principle, only that the only division will be the horizon, the line dividing the water and the sky . Two thirds will be occupied by the sky to keep the balance.

4.What if you want to be included in the view? There's an imaginary vertical division that divides the picture. You can choose to be at the right and left side but not at the center, please. Don't hide the view.

5. Imaginary balance is apply to all subjects whether it's up-close or at a distance.

View at the barrio (April 2011 - Photo by Travel Man)
View at the barrio (April 2011 - Photo by Travel Man)

Since the use of digital camera is apparent these days, replacing the manual-type, although it's a very cheap means of taking photos, editing the former is better than the latter that you'll still have to go at the developing outlet for glossy or ordinary results of your documentation.

Whereas, using digital camera can minimize your time as photo editing helps much for a more clearer and tamer results of your photos.

With the right choices of your subjects and the eye for the once-in-a lifetime views, the results can never be categorized as amateurish. You can be one of the most-sought photographers at your place, if you'll compile your portfolio.


The Vista at Del Socorro, Minalabac, Camarines Sur Philippines (May 14, 2011 - Photo by Travel Man)
The Vista at Del Socorro, Minalabac, Camarines Sur Philippines (May 14, 2011 - Photo by Travel Man)

Making your Landscape and Seascape as Wallpapers

Instead of searching the net with free wallpapers (with free viruses!!!), you can use your landscape and seascape collection as your desktop photos.

I've used free wallpapers that I downloaded online but to my disgust, it became the prime cause of the slowdown of my computer.

I was advised by my IT (informatics technology) friend  to avoid using such free photos because  it can cause disasters to the functionality of my desktop.

From then on, I cautioned myself to scan those free wallpapers first before using it as my primary screen photo on my computer.

And the safest option, like I said, is to use my own collection of lansdcape or seascape photos.

Seascapes during my Travels (way back 2009)

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Leaving South Wales/On the way to Arctic Circle--Kandalaksha, Russia (Date: June 3, 2009 -Photo by Travel Man)Photo by Travel ManPhoto by Travel ManPhoto by Travel Man
Leaving South Wales/On the way to Arctic Circle--Kandalaksha, Russia (Date: June 3, 2009 -Photo by Travel Man)
Leaving South Wales/On the way to Arctic Circle--Kandalaksha, Russia (Date: June 3, 2009 -Photo by Travel Man)
Photo by Travel Man
Photo by Travel Man
Photo by Travel Man
Photo by Travel Man
Photo by Travel Man
Photo by Travel Man

I've already published the first two series featuring  photos: 1. After-The-Rain Photo Essay and 2. The Fog and The Morning Dew.

For a more professional approach, you can start learning from the experts or buy Photography books that can enhance your potentials or hobby on Photography.

There are lots to record everyday.

Every view has its distinct characteristics, like the views on clouds and skies change everyday. You might make it as an everyday habit, appreciating the beauty around us.

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Arian Rey 5 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Seas (PHILIPPINES)

Nice photos on landscapes and seascapes. I'm more drawn but the colorful hues on the waters. Thanks for featuring your photo collection.


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Romano Arnesto 5 years ago from Philippines

Loved the seascapes. Thanks, travel man!


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earthbound1974 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

Loved it!!!What a beautiful world we have here!!! To God be the Glory!!! Thanks for sharing, travel man!


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thesailor 5 years ago from Seven Seas

Thanks for paying tribute to the sea!!


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Arian Rey: It's like prism with colors distributed on the waters. Thanks for the appreciation.


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Romano Arnesto: The waters always cast a magic spell on me.


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@earthbound1974: Thanks for appreciating God's work. I always am deeply indebted to Him.Peace!!!


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@thesailor: You're welcome, sea-lover!!!


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dkyforever 5 years ago

Those are great colors! Amazing how our world is able to display such incredible artistry, it's just up to us to capture it and marvel at it.


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@dkyforever: Thanks for the hub-visit. Each day is so special, that if we could only appreciate the beauty of it, we will always take note of the smallest detail that give us happiness through photography.


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DON BALDERAS 5 years ago

Putting these pictures on this hub can be such a great visit for us. Colors that are captured from the various sides of the world can be so enticing and pulling down great admiration for the Creator who has made all of these happen. Nice hub no!


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@DON BALDERAS: Thanks for the appreciation, Sir Don. I am really thankful to document such beauty that God has given us to appreciate.

The play of colors are often seen during sunsets. It's becoming my hobby to appreciate things around me.

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