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Rule of Thirds // Rosey Tutorial {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // macro shot of pink rose, natural light, curves, petalsAre you familiar with the “rule of thirds” in photography? How about adjusting your focal point manually? If not, get ready for a whole new world to open up in your photos!

My first daughter was born in the fall of 2006 and my push/Christmas gift was my first DSLR. Lucky girl, I know! Two new babies to love, lol!

I quickly realized the photos I envisioned capturing of my new baby with my brand new camera just were NOT happening. Total blur. Underexposed. Overexposed. Bleh. Nothing felt comfortable or natural those first few weeks of having that camera. I needed a class to learn how to use the camera if I was ever going to be happy using it.

So that’s exactly what I did all those wonderful years ago! And I can honestly say that learning to shoot manual made my colorful world such a happy, happy place! Two of the tips I learned in that first class were about the rule of thirds and adjusting my focal point. Now, I rarely compose a shot without using both of those – visually composing my shot with a tic tac toe grid and adjusting my focal point, almost always onto one of the thirds lines or the sweet spot of where those lines intersect.

Not sure how to do it? I use a Canon 60D, and it was relatively the same on my Rebel XTi. Hope it helps you!

1. Click on the zoom in button in the right hand corner

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2. You’ll see the Automatic selection screen come up showing all the focal points colored blue:

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3. Use either wheel to move the selection to just one of the points:

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4. This is the focal point I used for the rose image above 🙂

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5. Using the rule of thirds — the tic tac toe grid lines that break your image into three rows and three columns — visually on your image helps as well, giving a stronger composition to your photos. The point I selected above coordinates with the focal point I used for the rose. Do you see the faint grid lines below?

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6. Using any of these four focal points gets you on or near the intersection of the rule of thirds lines. That right there? That’s the sweet spot! Aim for THAT!  {Juicy tip, right?! Click to Tweet!}Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // focal point selection, tutorial, manual focus

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Did you find this information helpful? I’d love to share more tips with you in the future, so be sure to subscribe to Clicky Chick Creates newsletter! You’ll get a great little freebie download as my thank you. What’s the freebie? My go-to shot list: 7-must get photos for kid birthdays!

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As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
xoxo,
/c

PS. Do you love roses? Check out my collection and buy a print in my Society6 shop!

PPS. This post was inspired by the Daily Post weekly photo challenge: rule of thirds!

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10 on 10 – December // Deck the Halls

Ready to peek inside my home? These are some of my favorite Christmas decorations!

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Do you buy Christmas ornaments or decorations while traveling? That’s something I’ve loved doing for more years than I remember! The red mosaic ball? From Salt Lake City, Utah. The silver tear drop? From Hearst Castle in Cambria, CA. The crosses? From Solvang, CA the weekend my sister was married! One of my favorite parts of Christmas is decorating our tree and reminiscing where every ornament and decoration came from. Okay, not every single one, but definitely lots have significant meaning ❤

Believe is one of my absolute favorite words and is evident throughout my home, particularly during the holidays. So I couldn’t resist getting some fun bokeh shots with our Believe ornament!

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Did you land at Clicky Chick Creates coming from Laura Bastien at The Sweet Life? Her gorgeous photos make me want to cozy up with a cup of cocoa and a nice fire! Be sure to head on over to my adorable friend and uber talented photographer Kim Bajorek! She headed out for a high noon photo shoot at the beach, capturing her beautiful friend in front of a turbulent yet beautiful ocean! She even caught some daredevils out in the rough waters as well 🙂

Thanks for following our 10 on 10 adventure this year! I’ve had a blast spending time behind the lens to capture 10 (or more) photos monthly of people and events that are near and dear to my heart, and whatever may have tickled me pink for the month ❤ If you missed any of the 10 on 10 posts, you can check them out here and follow the hop from each individual blog post 🙂

If you’re still looking for some holiday goodies for your home or for gifts, please visit my Etsy and Society6 shops! The perfect gift for you or your loved one could be eagerly waiting for you to discover it within my shops or with other artists in the communities!

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day! Happy holidays!

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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