Using the rule of thirds

One aspect that is very important in photography is something called the rule of thirds. Does that annoying tic-tac-toe board on your camera seem to get in your way and annoy you? I used to think the same thing, and then I learned about the rule of thirds.

That grid is actually there to assist you in your photo taking. The Digital Photography School describes the rule of thirds by saying “the theory is that if you place points of interest in the intersections or along the lines that your photo becomes more balanced and will enable a viewer of the image to interact with it more naturally.”

Basically, the grid is there for you to learn where to place your subject so that it is not simply in the middle. By doing this, the photo becomes more interesting and more pleasing to the eye. Many people believe that viewers’ eyes actually naturally go to points of intersection, so by placing your subject there the viewer has a more enjoyable experience.

For example, look at the difference between these photos. Which looks more professional? Which seems to have more character?

      

Most photographers would argue that the one on the right, the one following the rule of thirds, is the better photo. Now, there are some exceptions where the rule of thirds isn’t the best option, but for now, following the rule of thirds will help improve your photos and help them look more professional.

How else can you better your photos?

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