Rule of Thirds

Rule of thirds: The rule states that an image can be divided into nine equal parts by two equally spaced horizontal lines and two equally spaced vertical lines. The four points formed by the intersections of these lines can be used to align features in the photograph. Aligning a photograph with these points creates more tension, energy and interest in the photo than simply centering the feature would.
The application of the rule of thirds to photographs is considered by many to make them more aesthetically pleasing and professional looking. The rule of thirds can be applied by lining up subjects with the guiding lines, placing the horizon on the top or bottom line instead of the center, or allowing linear features in the photograph to flow from section to section.
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The right third: the right third is ALMOST ALWAYS the strongest third because your eye natural moves left to right.

3 thoughts on “Rule of Thirds

  1. Gary

    It used to be said, for most people, that the eye “reads” an image from the bottom left to top right – not simply left to right.
    If you can compose your image to take advantage of a suitable diagonal feature, it can make for a stronger image. For example, this recent shot of mine (the top one of the three) uses the shoreline to guide the eye up to the top right. It’s good when it works! 🙂

  2. Darren Rolfe

    Long, long, long ago in photography class far, far away from Texas.

    I think I was taught that technique I remember being refered to as the The Golden Rule or Golden Ratio Rule.

    Good tip, yes I think it can dramatically improve a very meidocre shot.

    Andie your shots are excellent. I even had a nose about on your site and you are a very talented photographer.

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