Rule of Thirds

Not many self-taught photographers know about the rule of thirds. I don’t hesitate to say that I have learnt designing and photography by trial and error method.

In this digital age, almost every person has a mobile phone and many photography aspirants own digital cameras. Millions of beautiful photos are captured every day and they are available on the web. People are getting creative and trying alternate career options and one among them is photography. What makes the photographs stand out? Simple answer is how the subject and background is captured and number of other factors.

The rule of thirds is a guideline which applies to the process of composing visual images such as designs, films, paintings and photographs.

The rule states that a photograph has the greatest impact and ability to capture a viewer’s attention when the image subject and important foreground and background elements are placed in composition near the junction of these lines. Horizons are best placed along one of the two horizontal lines, rather than in the center of a photo. Vertically oriented subjects, like people standing, are best placed along one of the vertical lines, with the personโ€™s back closest to the edge of the photo, leaving room ahead of them in the direction theyโ€™re facing.

The Rule of Thirds is NOT an infallible law, but it is a good point of reference to keep in mind. Excellent photos can certainly be taken with your subject or horizon centered in the middle of the frame, but generally youโ€™ll find that the Rule of Thirds really does improve the composition and balance of a photograph.

Rule of thirds is recommended for editing/ cropping of photographs. At times, you end up selecting photos which might be really good but to make it appealing to a viewer, the right cropping is necessary.

Good designers keeps this rule in mind when they design an advertisement, presentations and marketing collaterals.

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