Feet and the Rule of Thirds


  • Composition is the way in which different parts of an image are arranged. We use composition techniques to create images that help the viewer to understand our message more powerfully.

    There are many composition techniques in photography and in art. One of the most widely used techniques is the Rule of Thirds.

  • The Rule of Thirds separates an image into 3 parts vertically and 3 parts horizontally. The four intersection points of the lines are magical spots. By placing the main subject of a photograph on one of these points we create an interesting compostion.

  • The viewer finds the main subject, but their eye naturally begins to wander around the frame of the image, because surely they haven't seen the whole photo if they've only looked in one corner.


  • The dividing lines can also be used in your composition.

  • If you're photographing a horizon, it should be on the lower dividing line or the upper dividing line.

  • If you're photographing a person, place their body on the left dividing line or the right dividing line.

  • Apply this principle to any object that goes from top to bottom or across your image.

Some Sample Images



  • Take 3 photos of feet. The feet can be big, small, one, two, twenty, dirty, pretty, socked, shoed, naked, wet, painted on, flying, dangling, or kicking. Get creative.

  • Apply the Rule of Thirds to your 3 feet photos.


1) Correct Content 10 marks

Do your photos feature feet? Have you used the Rule of Thirds?

2) Skills / Technical

    1. Use of previously learned skills such as depth of field, shutter speed, and manual focus.
    2. You may wish to use a tripod.
    3. Check to see if you are taking a maximum sized photo in your camera settings.
    4. Your subject should be in clear focus.
    5. Your exposure should be not too light and not too dark.


    1. Use existing skills to improve and frame your photos

3) Elements and Principles of Design

Use as many Elements and Principles as possible to make your pictures pop! You might try focusing in on Colour and Perspective

Colour: Colour is a very powerful element. Colours effect emotions. Be careful which colours you are highlighting in the photo. Red for energy, passion, and daring. Green for nature, calm, and harmony. Yellow for happiness, playfulness, and energy.

Perspective: By changing the point of view the photographer changes the way the viewer looks at a photo. Looking up at someone shows reverence or respect. Looking down makes them seem smaller, weaker, or less important.There are many other camera points of view so experiment with them to see how they effect the image.

4) Wow! Factor - 30 marks

Your photos should not look like snapshots. Try to create images that are like paintings; make specific decisions about what to include, what not to include, what angle to shoot from, what's in the background, what colours are in the image, and how the photo is lit. The use of Elements and Principles is part of this mark as well.

5) Professionalism

Professionalism is based on the attention paid to the accurate and careful presentation of the final project. Marks will be deducted from your skills/technical if your work is not submitted by the due date.

  • 3 electronically submitted photographs
  • images must be in colour
  • images must be re-sized: longest side = 10 inches
  • images must be 180 dpi
  • images must be in maximum quality JPG format
  • Images must have a 3-part frame frame.
  • Add a title outside the frame: lower center
  • Add a date outside the frame: lower right
  • Add a your name outside the frame: lower left

Name your photos in the following way:

  • username_feet1.jpg
  • username_feet2.jpg
  • username_feet3.jpg

6) Journal Entry

Complete the following write-up in your journal. For each photo, answer the following questions:

E and P of Design: Explain how you employed the assigned Elements and /or Principles of Design. Be specific.

Creativity / Originality: What choices did you make to create an interesting and unique image?

Rule of Thirds: Explain how you used the rule of thirds in the image.

Self-Evaluation: What mark do you deserve out of 10 and why?