5.5. Rule of Thirds


  • Rule of thirds is a powerful composition tool and is worth trying if you haven’t already.
  • The rule of thirds states that instead of placing the main focus of interest in the center of the frame, which makes for a very static composition, you should position the main focal point on an intersection of the thirds, breaking an image down into thirds (both horizontally and vertically) so that you have 9 parts (like a tic-tac-toe game).
  • Another way to position your main items (usually 3 items is enough) is by creating a vertical zigzag line going through the picture that helps to create a dynamic image.
  • Learn more about the rule of thirds in the advanced composition techniques (Lesson 5.18).


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