Better Photo Composition: Rule of Thirds
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Tuesday, July 07, 2015
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Here's a simple tip for making your photos go from good to great.  Change your composition.  Use what phtogoraphers call the Rule of Thirds.  


The Rule of Thirds

The Rule of Thirds is a guideline used to compose visual interest in photography.  Imagine your picture divided into nine equal parts like a tic-tac-toe board.  To make your photo more appealing you should place the most important elements of the composition along the intersections of the lines.  


When shooting a person or group of people, don't put them in the middle of the picutre.  When shooting a landscape don't frame the horizon right in the middle.   Subjects are more interesting when they aren't dead center of the photograph.  


Even though she's super cute, the image of Chippy centered in the frame could be more interesting.


When the rule of thirds is applied the image becomes more engaging.


Placing Chippy's nose on one of the intersecting points makes the image stronger.

The same thing goes for landscapes.  This is nice but it could be better.  The composition will be more appealing if it isn't split down the middle.  

Try splitting the landscape one third, two thirds.  Emphasize the sky or the ground or the water.

  • 2/3rds sky
  • 1/3rd landscape



  • 1/3rd sky
  • 2/3rds landscape

It's called the Rule of Thirds because the intersection points are where the eye tends to go first.  When composing your shots try placing your subject on one of those points and really emphasize your point.  

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