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Hello IggleBugs! After this week, we’ll be halfway through! YAY! The 150 days achievement code is now live, so if you’ve taken photos for 150 days in a row, message me on twitter and I’ll give you the code! The following milestones will be 200, 250, 300, then 365. Each one will be worth one more karma than the one preceding it.

Tweet @IggleBugs for the 7, 30, and 60, 100, and 150 day achievement codes if you need them! You don’t have to upload the pics in a row, but at least make sure you’re taking one every day.  You’ll also find another code in the forums.

For anyone who doesn’t know what’s going on here, if you haven’t checked out the IggleBugs lately, you should swing by and have a look at our Photo 365 Challenge thread in the IggleBugs Forum! Join us if you’re looking for a fun photographic challenge for 2014! You don’t need a fancy camera or anything, just a passion for taking pictures! Upload and share however you want, if you want. It’s entirely up to you! The best part about it is you can make your day one whenever you want! So feel free to jump in late, we won’t bite!

I will post seven themes and ideas a week as we go through the year. They won’t be strict assignments, just helpful ideas to get you through the week if you get stuck or feel like you need some inspiration.

Here is the list of helpful ideas for week twenty-five!

IggleBugs Week 25

Now it’s time for Photography 101! Today I want to talk about photo composition and The Rule of Thirds.

I think of The Rule of Thirds as less of a rule and more of a guideline for photo composition. This is an example of a rule that’s made to be broken, but to break it, you should know about it first, right?  It’s a pretty simple rule, really. Imagine if the photo you’re taking has a grid over it and that grid divides the photo up into thirds horizontally and thirds vertically, nine equal parts. Actually, some cameras already have this grid and it’s even a setting you can turn on if you have an iPhone.

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Even if you don’t have a grid overlay when you’re taking a photo, it’s pretty easy to imagine where these lines will go.

The basic definition of the rule is that important stuff should be placed along these lines, such as the girl’s eyes in this photo. It doesn’t have to be exactly along the lines (just close), nor do you have to have something along each the grid lines. Just one or two will easily suffice.

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The second part of the definition is that REALLY important stuff, the stuff you want the person viewing your photo to really notice, should be placed where these lines intersect, such as the snake’s eyes in this photo.

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The viewer’s eyes are drawn to these areas naturally, and by composing your photo in this way, it generally makes the photo more natural, interesting, and balanced. Now, I’m not saying that a photo that doesn’t follow this rule isn’t any of those things, but it’s a good thing to keep in mind when you’re composing a photo that may need a little technique to make it more interesting. This can help with portraits or pet photos!

Another thing the Rule of Thirds shows us is that landscape photos or photos with a horizon can also follow this rule for composition. Placing the horizon along one of these lines can make the photo more pleasing or interesting.

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The Rule of Thirds isn’t difficult, but it takes awareness to use it. When you’re taking a photo, be aware of your composition. What is the subject of your photo? Where do you want a viewer’s eyes to be drawn to? Try to compose your photo and be aware of where the elements of your photo are rather than just taking a shot. Composition and awareness are important tools for a photographer who wants to go from just taking pictures to making pictures. And don’t be afraid to break the rule. Really, go for it. Because in breaking that rule, you’re still aware of your composition, and that’s the most important thing!

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I hope you’ve learned something today! Next week I’ll have a new subject! Now, I’m not a certified expert on this stuff, so if you notice a mistake, or if something is confusing and needs clarification, let me know and I will fix it or answer any extra questions! If you have any suggestions, questions, or ideas for future tips, tricks, or tutorials, comment or tweet at me and I’ll address them in future posts!

Have a good week and don’t forget to follow @IggleBugs for updates and encouragement! If you use the hashtag #IggleBugs365, I will try to retweet a few photos every day!

Also, if you want to nominate someone for IggleBug of the Week, tweet @IggleBugs with your nomination!