Photography Lessons – Basics – The Rule of Thirds

I am an absolute photography enthusiast. My eyes have always been fascinated by the art of photography. In this "Photography Lessons – Basic – Rule of Thirds" article, I will share with you a basic yet a very popular and helpful technique that will surely enhance your way you take photos.

Perhaps the most well know principle of photographic composition is the " Rule of Thirds ". It's one of the first things that budding digital photographers learn about in classes on photography and rightly so as it is the basis for well balanced and interesting shots.

What are the basics in using "The Rule of Thirds"?

The basic principle behind the rule of thirds is to imagine breaking an image down into thirds (both horizontally and vertically) so that you have 9 parts. Mentally divide your viewfinder or LCD screen into thirds, using two vertical and two horizontal lines to create nine smaller rectangles and four points where the lines intersect. It has been repeatedly shown that by placing objects over these intersections, a pleasing and balanced arrangement often results, whether the composition is horizontal or vertical.

Too often, photographs have their subject placed smack in the middle, making the image look dull and uninteresting. A simple shift in composition can change all that. The Rule of Thirds is probably one of the cardinal rules of composition. When an image's center of interest is placed at one of these intersections, balance in the picture can often be achieved by placing a secondary object (known as a "counterpoint") at the opposing intersection.

How does this help improve my shots?

Using the Rule of Thirds helps produce nicely balanced easy on the eye pictures. Also, as you have to position things relative to the edges of the frame it helps get rid of 'tiny subject surrounded by vast empty space' syndrome. The Rule of Thirds is fairly structured but there are a great many methods you can employ which depends on your ability to "see" things and incorporated them into your composition.


The Rule of Thirds may be a great way on having great and well balanced images. But as they say rules are meant to be broken. One last thing about the Rule of Thirds for the time being, once you have got the hang of the Rule of Thirds you will very quickly want to break it! Its ok .. It's how you interpret your subject. Always remember, photography is an art where anyone or everyone can tell their story.

Source by Prince Vasquez