Enhancing Images thru Post Processing and Rule of Thirds
Post processing is one of the "make-ups" I must say which is very important in Digital Photography. It is generally used to enhance the image, spice it up and add more life to it. And in most cases, the most popular grounds which is to edit the photo to best suit the basic rule in Photography which is "The Rule of Thirds."
Rule of Thirds as defined by Darren Rowse is to imagine breaking an image down into thirds so that you have 9 parts (Refer to photo). The theory is that if you place points of interest in the intersections or along the lines, your photo becomes more balanced and will enable a viewer of the image to interact with it more naturally. Studies have shown that when viewing images, people’s eyes usually go to one of the intersection points most naturally rather than the center of the shot.
I was experimenting with some of my shots with Picasa, a free photo editing tool from Google which I just recently installed and tried. I particularly used the Focal B&W effect and I found the end results to be very unique and eye catching because it's one way of isolating the subject to create an impact on it. Here are some of my shots that I used in exploring the effect.
See related blog post: Photography: This is how I tell my story.