Weekly Photo Contest: Rule of thirds!

Weekly Photo Contest: Rule of thirds!

If you've followed along with our iPhoneography tutorials and guides in the past, you're probably already familiar with the rule of thirds and how it can help you take more interesting images that can help capture your audience's attention better. That's your task this week, to use the rule of thirds in your photos in order to create an amazing composition that catches our eye. Remember, the foreground is just as important as the background sometimes!

The contest begins today and ends Tuesday, November 26th at 10 p.m. Eastern time.

It's also time to announce the winner of our last photo contest! And the winner is..

weekly photo contest macro winner

Congrats to forum member jeffgoodman1 for capturing the above photo using nothing but his iPhone 5 and Olloclip. He then edited it with Snapseed.

All I can say is wow. All of you shared lots of amazing photos this time! This photo contest was by far the hardest choice as there were so many great entries. If you haven't checked out the macro contest thread, I highly suggest hitting the link above and doing so.

We'll be contacting you shortly Jeff in order to collect your prize!

And without any further delay, here are the details on this week's photo contest...

The prize: Mobile Nations prize pack!

Aside from a thumbs up from the entire iMore crew, we'll be giving not one, but two winners their choice of a Mobile Nations prize pack that contains all kinds of goodies from your favorite sites! These packs include a coffee mug, stickers, pens, a t-shirt, and more! You'll get to choose which prize pack you'd like; iMore, CrackBerry, wpCentral, or Android Central!

The rules

Submitted photos must have been taken with an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

We'll check the EXIF data of the original file to verify and any edits must have been done with an iPhone or iPad app. No Photoshop, Lightroom, or other external editing programs! If you have external lens accessories such as an Olloclip or other snap-on lens, you are more than welcome to use them.

You can submit as many photos as you'd like, but remember, this is a contest, so make sure you submit your best work!


Now, before you run off to take your photo, remember that it's not technical skill alone that will claim this prize. Even if you're not the best photographer (yet!), a great eye and a great subject can still get you the win.

However, a little help can never hurt, so make sure you check out our iPhone photography series for some tips.

For this particular contest, we recommend reading our rule of thirds lesson too.

How to submit

Submitting your photos is easy. just head over to the iMore Photography Forum and post your photos to the official contest thread. Don't forget to state what device you have and which apps, if any, you used to edit your photo!

That's it! Now go out and shoot!


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Allyson Kazmucha

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Weekly Photo Contest: Rule of thirds!


I almost always use the rule of thirds when taking photos. Unfortunately, I have noticed a significant difference between my 4S and 5S in terms of images being stretched/warped/distorted. I take a lot of photos of our children and I have noticed that when their heads appear in the upper third of the frame (think of doing a full length portrait mode shot), their heads come out looking warped. This is definitely the case if you angle the phone even slightly. This is frustrating because I took thousands of photos on my 4S and didn't see this as a significant issue. Now, on my 5S, I am deleting more photos than what I am keeping because of this issue. I haven't changed the way I shoot, but unfortunately, it looks like I will have to. Heads need to be closer to the center of the frame or the phone must be exactly perpendicular in order to avoid this issue. I even had my new 5S replaced at the Apple Store, but unfortunately, it wasn't just my phone. My wife just got her 5S recently and has run into the same issue. The camera is still great and takes amazing photos, but I need to change something, so it doesn't affect the majority of my photos. I am not sure if it has anything to do with the new lens design or wider aperture, but I wouldn't be surprised. Anyone else having the same issue?

I have had that problem as well actually. I thought it was just the subjects in the photo moving too much, but It has happened more than once that they're head becomes warped of they move. Not sure if it's the new 5s camera. I came from an iPhone 4 which had no problems.

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I love the Rule [guidelines] of Thirds. It's amazing how much better [more interesting] this little bit of attention to detail can really make or break photo. :D

I've never heard of the rule of thirds but will most definitely be putting it into practice. Thanks for the tip!

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