Early in my scrapbooking, I ran across a simple idea that helped me to quickly improve my photo cropping and picture taking – the principle of thirds. I found out the eye likes to see the subject of a photo or layout one-third of the way from two edges. I tried cropping my photos that way, and I was amazed by the changes! Here are some examples.
This photo of my grandparents, sisters, and me by the silo is okay, but I wanted to improve it. I cropped the photo so my sister’s eye was one third of the way from the left side and the bottom of the picture. What a difference!
However, there will always be photos that need cropping. Riley, a golden doodle, was a very wiggly little puppy. I think this fun shot is greatly improved by cropping.