Photography tips: The Rule of Thirds

If you decide to use images within your learning materials, why not make the most of them? Improving your photographic skills might improve not only your student’s experience, but in the process, yours!

The famous ‘Rule of Thirds’
Diagram of the Rule of ThirdsThe Rule of Thirds is a principle that helps you frame a scene or portrait in a way that has been found to be pleasing to the human eye. Get this rule right and your photography is half way there, to somewhere.

It is very simple. While looking through your camera’s viewfinder or screen, you divide with imaginary lines the frame in three equal parts horizontally and three equal parts vertically (some cameras already display lines with this purpose).  You apply this both when taking pictures in ‘portrait’ (vertically) or ‘landscape’ (horizontally) format.

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The Eye of the Beholder

The student experience in healthcare education can be the enhanced by maximising their visual perception skills – particularly in the diagnosis and management of patients (Naghshineh et al, 2008). If students can most effectively interface with the rich multimedia opportunities of computerisation, the essential skill of visual literacy can be boosted. Visual literacy is also important for the softer humanistic skills that are so often forgotten and are central to good communication.  Body language and facial expressions are critical to understanding the needs of the patient and the student.

New ways of understanding visual thinking using TEL have been part of discussions in the past week between academic artists (Jen Wright, University of the Arts, London), (Prof Paola Ferroni, Curtin University, Australia, and Oslo University, Norway) and academic educationalist Dr Gila Levi-Atzmon, Director and Senior lecturer of the ICT and Learning Programme, College of Academic Studies, Or Yehuda, Israel. Gila has written her Master’s thesis with distinction on ‘visual literacy in healthcare education’ and has worked with us at King’s on previous TEL projects in dentistry.

The Eye of the Beholder

By Kind permission of Ziv Koren, 2010

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