The Rule of Thirds

July 14, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

The Rule of Thirds

This rule states that something interesting should happen along the dividing lines or at an intersection when an image is divided into three. The best thing about this rule is that you can apply it after you've taken the image by cropping your photos. There are a few different ways to follow this rule, I'll talk you through the main 3.

  • An image that is 1/3rd foreground or grass
  • An image that is 1/3rd background or sky
  • Where the point of interest is on an intersection

Not sure what I'm babbling about? I think it's easier if I show you. 

1/3rd Grass

This image has been divided into three pieces horizontally and three pieces vertically. As you can see 1/3rd of this image is grass and the other 2/3rds are made up of the trees and the sky. This is the perfect crop for this image if you wanted to make a good feature of the background.

Rule of Thirds - 1/3rd GrassRule of Thirds - 1/3rd Grass

1/3rd Sky

You can also have it so that a different horizon line sits on the line of thirds, this creates an image that is 1/3rd sky and 2/3rds trees and grass. This still shows a great deal of the background but Dylan is larger in the frame drawing the eye to him a little bit quicker.

​The Rule of Thirds - 1/3rd Sky​The Rule of Thirds - 1/3rd Sky

Interesting Intersection

If you really want to draw the eye straight to the main feature point of the image it is best to sit that part of your image on an intersection when deciding on your crop. As you can see I've put Dylan's eye directly on the intersection here. This is because when taking a photograph of a person or animal, the eyes are what you should usually be focusing on first.

​The Rule of Thirds - Dylan's eye on intersection​The Rule of Thirds - Dylan's eye on intersection

So there you have it! A quick and easy trick that you can implement before or after you've taken your photographs.

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If you're not sure you can get to grips with it on your own, don't forget we do offer training as well!

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