The Rule of Thirds

A composition skill that all photographers must understand is the rule of thirds. As a photographer you want to draw the viewers attention to the focal point of your image, and the way you compose your image can do just that.

So what is the rule of thirds?

The rule of thirds is the most basic composition lesson all photographers should learn. It simply suggests that you should place your focal point in one of the thirds of your image.

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By not centering your subject, it makes your image more interesting, and naturally our eyes tend to go to one of the thirds in the images we see. See the examples below:

Top Right

bird

 

Top Left

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Bottom Right

hawk

 

Bottom Left

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Most cameras have the rule of thirds guidelines built in and you can turn them on in your viewfinder. Give it a try today and tag me in your Instagram photos so I can see your work.

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