Photography Tips #18: Rule of Thirds

Probably the most golden rule of golden rules within the art world, the rule of thirds is pretty iconic. But what is it?

You can divide a frame into 9 equal blocks, the intersecting lines making up 4 key points of interest. Using the lines and the points, you can use them to compose an image to become more dynamic. By using the points, there is more space for creative backgrounds or using leading lines to make the subject more interesting.



Why use it?

When the subject of the image is centered, the eye becomes static when looking at the image due to the equidistance from all sides. There is no movement or interaction between the viewer and the image, making it somewhat boring.
Moving the subject to the thirds makes the eye read the image more like a piece of writing, creating more of an interest as there is movement from left to right, and/or up and down.

Where you leave space in the image, gives the viewer more to interpret and see a storyline. When you are taking a photo, you are in effect creating a piece of art. If you want to convey an individual in a certain way it is imperative that you balance the aspects of composition before getting a camera out. If you want them to be interesting and have a visual conversation with the viewer, use the vertical thirds to your advantage.


Another composition technique that benefits from the golden third rule is negative space.

If you want to know more about composition tips, click here for my guide!

As always, if you do have any questions about photography, camera settings, editing, and whatnot, feel free to drop me a message and I will get back to you!

Happy Snapping!


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