What is a Rule of Third in Photography ?

What is a Rule of Third in Photography ?

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Sumit Paliwal November 21, 2016

The rule of thirds is one of the fundamental composition principles in photography. It’s all about positioning the most important elements off-center to create a balanced and harmonious composition.

The basic principle behind the rule of thirds is to imagine breaking an image down into thirds (both horizontally and vertically) so that you have 9 parts. Rule of thirds states that the most important elements in the scene should be placed along the gridlines or at the intersections where the lines meet.

These are few ways that you can use the rule of thirds to position the important elements and subjects in your photos.

1)Position The Horizon In Landscapes: If you’re shooting landscapes, the rule of thirds is one of the first things you should think about when composing your photo.landscapes don’t look good if the horizon is positioned directly across the center of the photo. Positioning the horizon centrally tends to chop the photo in half, and isn’t very pleasing to the eye.
For a more naturally balanced composition, it’s best to place the horizon on or near one of the horizontal thirds lines. Whether you position it on the top or bottom gridline will depend on what you want to emphasize in the scene.

2)Position The Main Subject Off-Center : your photo will usually look more natural and balanced if you position the subject off-center… In particular on one of the junction points where the horizontal and vertical gridlines meet. If the subject is posing side-on and you can only see one eye, position the eye on the junction point where two lines meet.

3)Leave Active Space For Moving Subjects : The rule of thirds is perfect for scenes where your subject is moving from one side of the frame to the other.

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