Breaking Into Three (Rule of Thirds)

In this post, we will be looking at the rule of thirds in photography, one of the most common rules in the art form.

The rule of thirds is when the view of the camera is divided into a 3 x 3 grid. The rule states that the subject is supposed to be within the centre square, and then this feature will make the photograph interesting and more convincing. The theory for this is that putting it on the lines of the grid will make the photograph more balanced as a whole and therefore allow the viewer to feel for it more. They can make their conclusions better and therefore “like” the picture better.

In some occassions, the lines of the grid may be used as a point of focus. Here is an example of the rule of thirds in action. The subject’s eyes are the point of focus and align with the lines of the center sqaure.


However, wouldn’t it be a little too boring if all we did in any photograph was place the subject in the center. Here is an example of a photo which goes against the rule of thirds.


Since placing the subject in the center maybe a little bit awkward for this situation, which means that the chair is on the table, we get more interest as our curiosity is raised on other parts of the picture due to a focus in a different place.

Personally, I feel that if you want to break this rule, you should be daring and learn how to use your own theory effectively, such that it is more effective then what you have right now. The link below provides you with more information on the topic.


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