We've talked about how composing your images with your main subject placed in the frame according to the rule of thirds can add depth and interest to photos.
But, let's face it, sometimes it just doesn't happen. For whatever reason, whether you're moving quickly or you just didn't think about it, you compose an image where your subject is in the center or wherever in the frame, but they're not placed according to the rule of thirds. And the result is an image that you're pretty sure would be stronger if you could just move you’re a subject a bit and place them in that sweet spot.
Well, you often can!
Depending on the composition of your photo, you may very well be able to crop it to move your subject into a better position and, by doing that, create a better image.
Doing this in Photoshop Elements is easy because there's an option you can choose when you are cropping an image. With this option selected, you can use the crop tool with a grid overlay that corresponds to the Rule of Thirds.
The image below could use a little compositional tweaking:
In Photoshop Elements, choose the crop tool from the toolbox along the left-hand side of the interface:
With this tool selected, make sure that the Overlay option, located in the top menu bar, is set to "Rule of Thirds and the Aspect ratio is set to "No Restrictions:
Now, using the crop tool, select the entire image. When you do, you will see a grid showing the lines of the Rule of Thirds:
Now, adjust the selection by dragging and moving the boxes on the corner of the selection outline until your subject is at the intersection of the grid lines:
When you're happy with the selection, click on the green check mark below the crop selection:
And that's it! Your photo is cropped and looking better:
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f you are just getting started in photography, exposure is one of the first things you need learn.
But even beyond that, getting a good handle on exposure and how the different components of exposure work together is essential if you want to take control of your photography and the images that you are creating.