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Using the rule of thirds grid

From: Sharing Photos with Instagram

Video: Using the rule of thirds grid

In photography there are many ways to compose a great shot. One of the easiest ways to ensure a good composition however, is to use a system known as the Rule of Thirds. The Rule of Thirds states that by using a 3x3 grid to compose your photos and lining up the points of interest with the intersecting lines of that grid, you will in theory create better compositions. You'll actually have to leave Instagram for this one and launch your native iOS Camera app. At the top, you'll see an Options button which you can tap and reveal an option called Grid. Turning this on enables a 3x3 grid, which you can use to better compose your mobile photos.

Using the rule of thirds grid

In photography there are many ways to compose a great shot. One of the easiest ways to ensure a good composition however, is to use a system known as the Rule of Thirds. The Rule of Thirds states that by using a 3x3 grid to compose your photos and lining up the points of interest with the intersecting lines of that grid, you will in theory create better compositions. You'll actually have to leave Instagram for this one and launch your native iOS Camera app. At the top, you'll see an Options button which you can tap and reveal an option called Grid. Turning this on enables a 3x3 grid, which you can use to better compose your mobile photos.

Once it's activated, you'll see the grid appear on your screen like this. In this shot I'm trying to get interesting pieces of the fountain to line up with intersecting points on the grid. This is to draw the eye into these spots and make it a more interesting photo in theory. I always like to move around and get more than one shot at different points on the grid. This allows me to have several options to choose from later and I can select the one that is the most interesting of all of them and then process and share that using Instagram. Like I said, grids are a great way to teach yourself how to compose a shot and using them is only going to enhance the overall quality of the shots that you take.

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Sharing Photos with Instagram

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  1. 1m 25s
    1. Welcome
      1m 25s
  2. 13m 31s
    1. What is Instagram?
      1m 3s
    2. Downloading Instagram for iOS
      57s
    3. Downloading Instagram for Android
      1m 4s
    4. Signing up for an account
      1m 59s
    5. Exploring the Instagram website
      4m 18s
    6. Viewing an Instagram profile
      4m 10s
  3. 10m 19s
    1. Exploring the Instagram app
      5m 24s
    2. Taking a photo and controlling the built-in flash
      2m 46s
    3. Working with Auto Exposure and Auto Focus
      59s
    4. Using the rule of thirds grid
      1m 10s
  4. 24m 52s
    1. Opening a photo from your camera roll
      1m 3s
    2. Cropping and rotating photos
      1m 21s
    3. Applying effects to images
      3m 49s
    4. Simulating a tilt-shift lens
      1m 53s
    5. Simulating shallow depth of field
      2m 15s
    6. Using the Lux feature
      2m 16s
    7. Adding borders to your photos
      2m 20s
    8. Adding captions and location information
      2m 54s
    9. Tagging photos with hashtags
      3m 24s
    10. Saving high-resolution versions of your photos
      3m 37s
  5. 30m 13s
    1. Sharing with social networks
      5m 41s
    2. Sharing photos with Foursquare
      1m 11s
    3. Finding people to follow on Instagram
      3m 59s
    4. Unfollowing a user
      1m 38s
    5. Blocking and unblocking users
      2m 46s
    6. Liking and commenting on photos
      1m 58s
    7. Deleting comments
      2m 28s
    8. Instagram for business
      4m 29s
    9. Creating a meetup for Instagram users
      6m 3s
  6. 22m 51s
    1. Viewing Instagram photos using a web browser
      6m 14s
    2. Integrating Instagram into a website
      6m 14s
    3. Finding essential apps for Instagrammers
      1m 35s
    4. Printing Instagram photos
      1m 0s
    5. Tracking your Instagram statistics
      7m 48s
  7. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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