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Rule of Third

Posted by oneslidephotogaraphy On June - 9 - 2016
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Rule of third

The “Rule of Thirds” 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. The rule of thirds is a compositional rule of thumb in visual arts such as painting, photography and design. The rule states that an image should be imagined as divided into nine equal parts by two equally-spaced horizontal lines and two equally-spaced vertical lines, and that important compositional elements should be placed along these lines or their intersections. Proponents of the technique claim that aligning a subject with these points creates more tension, energy and interest in the composition than simply centering the subject would.


The basics of the rule of thirds:
– 9 equal boxes
– 4 intersecting points
– 2 vertical lines
– 2 horizontal lines


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Rule of third




By placing interesting pieces of your image at these points, you can make your image well balanced and help let viewers naturally move through your image.
S p o n s o r e d L i n k s

As you’re taking an image you would have done this in your mind through your viewfinder or in the LCD display that you use to frame your shot.


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. Studies have shown that when viewing images that people’s eyes usually go to one of the intersection points most naturally rather than the center of the shot – using the rule of thirds works with this natural way of viewing an image rather than working against it


Use this rules, is not just to photograph something that have one object, like if you was take a photo models, you place the model in the 1/3 of the frame, but you can use this rules for scenary photograp or landscape. use this rule to make a better composition.

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Rule of third

Once you have got the hang of the Rule of Thirds you will very quickly want to break it ! This is fine. As I said earlier these ‘rules’ are best used as guidelines and if you can create a better image by bending or ignoring rules then fire away.

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Break the rules!






2 Responses to “Rule of Third”

  1. George says:

    Hi I wanna ask
    Most DSLRs today like the Nikon D7000 have 4×4 grids instead of 3×3.
    How do you compose with the 4×4 grids?
    thanks

    • Admin says:

      it’s really the same idea for all types of cameras, george. Just imagine the 3×3 grid on your viewfinder. I would imagine this is better than using the 4×4 grids (for beginners). This is just to ease in finding a point of interest and it usually works too. Once you’ve gotten the hang of it and has gained that photographer’s sense of composition, breaking this rule is fine as long as you feel the photo is interesting to view. This rule of third is to ease the process of practicing compositioning.

      for more info on getting intersting point of interest, read the following post:
      http://oneslidephotography.com/what-and-how-to-get-a-prominent-point-of-interest-in-photography/

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