Rule of Thirds Essentials

Rule of thirds is the most basic technique according to which photographers frame and crop their photos so that they look balanced and are attractive to the eye. Usually, this rule is the first thing that beginner and amateur photographers learn when they start to attend photography courses or major in photography.

However, there are still some people that simply take photos according to their senses and use rule of thirds unconsciously. Let’s review it in detail so that everything remains clear.

Rule of thirds is really simple and intuitively understandable. Every time you take a photo or crop it in Lightroom, you need to break it down into three equal horizontal and vertical parts using straight lines. Overall, you will have nine equal parts at the end.

In order to lay emphasis on the most important parts of the photo, you should place them along the lines or, what’s even more crucial, at the intersection of the lines as shown on the first photo in this article.

Look at the other examples of photos below. The rule of thirds is used in all of them and as you can see it’s used irrespective of the photo style.

But anyway, you should remember that breaking this rule is not always bad. Quite the other way around, you may get one of the best shots in your life if you skillfully break the rule of thirds. The keyword here is skillfully.

So every time you take a photo now, please think at first what are the points of interest in the picture you’re about to take and where exactly you want them to be placed on the photo.

Break the photo in thirds in your mind or try to rummage through the LCD settings of your camera and enable the thirds grid feature so that your screen is broken down in nine equal parts automatically.

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