Weekly Photography Tips - Rule of Thirds

The "rule of thirds" is a compositional guide used in photography that divides the image up into 9 equal parts using 2 horizontal and 2 vertical lines. The subject of the image is then placed on one of these lines.

For the image above the horizon on the left side of the image is placed on the lower third horizontal line instead of the in the middle. The Milky Way is also roughly aligned with the right vertical thirds line. This helps brings balance to the photograph.

Images with perfectly centered subjects can be boring and feel oddly unnatural. The rule of thirds can be used while capturing images as well as in post processing. Most modern cameras have settings that will show these grid lines on the LCD screen and mirrorless can display them in the viewfinder. They are also available in most editing software.

You can easily use this simple yet powerful tool to take your photography from random snapshots to well though out, composed images.


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