For the easy composition it is good to have this setup in your cameras

How To Setup Grid Lines On Your Camera

October 01, 20232 min read

There is a simple setting on nearly all cameras that will assist you with nailing better compositions!!

G’day Legends, today I will show you a little composition hack that will improve your images.

Now there are many factors that contribute to a well composed image, but the most obvious one is working in the rule of thirds.

Placing subjects on intersecting lines of the thirds or placing horizons in the bottom or top third of your frame will generally make your image stronger. This is the most basic aspect of working in the thirds and there is so much more to composition than this, but the purpose of this video is to show you how to set up grid lines so you have a constant reference when shooting in the field.

Most digital cameras have the option to drop in grid lines that overlay your image. You can set many variations for these, but I suggest choosing three by three overlay.

In today’s video (above) I will show you in the menu of the Canon R5, the Canon R and the Canon 5D mark three. They are the 3 cameras I currently have, but know that nearly every DSLR or mirrorless camera will have this option and it’s one worth having a go at to see if it helps you. (see video above for the demonstration)

Doing this will divide your displayed image into the thirds and show the intersecting lines of the thirds.

When shooting in the field you will now even be more conscious of using the rule of thirds theory, it like a gentle reminder to check this aspect of your composition. You can also place your focusing point over one of the intersecting lines so you always nail the subject on one of these key points.

Once you have used this for a while you will train yourself to use the rule of thirds and you could probably disable this function because it will be built into your muscle memory or composition memory and you won’t need the grid lines, but I still use these grid lines on certain shoots, it an extra point of security to know that you are nailing the rule of thirds, if that is in fact what you are trying to achieve.

I go into more detail about the thirds and the many other aspects of composition in my Confident Photographer course, please message me if you would like more details or find the link below this video to get more information

If you thought this little hack was helpful I would love you to share it with your friends.

Cheers legends and see you in the next video.


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