The Rule of Thirds and Why It’s Important

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If you’re new to photography, you may be wondering what kind of different tips and tricks you can use to make your photos turn out a little bit better. There are different things you can do to help capture the image, including messing with the composure, brightness, etc. Among those little tips and tricks is the rule of thirds. The rule of thirds is important for any budding photographer; but what is it? 

What is the rule of thirds?

To improve the balance and composition of your subject, imagine 2 vertical lines and 2 horizontal lines across the subject, created 9 boxes altogether – this is the rule of thirds. To accurately place the subject matter, look at one of the intersection points of the imaginary lines you created and center your subject there. If you’re not sure what you want your subject to be, use important elements of the scene and place them near the lines and intersections. Maybe you want an object in the background as your main focal point. Just line up the object on 1 of the 4 imaginary line intersections, and it’ll immediately be read as the focal point by the consumer.

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Why is the rule of thirds important in photography? 

Not only does the rule of thirds make the shot more aesthetically pleasing, it also creates movement and context. If you center the subject on one of the outer vertical invisible lines and capture the image so that subject is facing the center of the photo, it will create that movement. This website has some very helpful examples. Of course, rules are bound to be broken, and this one is no exception. If the rule of thirds just doesn’t work for your object, that’s okay! There are other ways to focus an object in a photograph.

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