The Ultimate Guide to the rule of thirds in photography

Updated: Dec 27, 2019


Today you will learn about the rule of thirds in photography? Why is it so important for beginners and what is the basic principle behind composition?


What Is The Rule Of Thirds?


The Rule of Thirds is a type of off-center composition where important elements of a photograph are placed along a 3×3 grid where horizontal and vertical are intersecting


which equally divides the image into nine parts,( horizontal lines and vertical lines)


You then position the important elements in your scene along those horizon lines, or at the points where they meet,


As shown below 


The idea is that an off-center composition is more pleasing to the eye and looks more natural than one where the subject is placed right in the middle of the frame.


It also encourages you to make creative use of negative space, the empty areas around your subject.


Why the rule of third is important for beginners


The “Rule of Thirds” one of the first things that beginner photographers learn about in classes on photography and rightly so as it can help you create well balanced and interesting shots.


Example of the rule is down below :




The rule of thirds improves your photos and is certainly worth exploring, especially for those who are just starting to learn composition in photography. However, as you get more advanced,


you will start to realize that good composition is not about to hold the strict rules, but rather about composing each photo for its own merits.


It helps to make your images interesting and stand out from the crowd. Especially if you are capturing a location that has been done to death.


Also one of the main reasons is that when viewing images that viewers eye usually go to one of the intersection points most naturally rather than the center of the shot,


using the rule of thirds works with this natural way of viewing an image rather than working against it.


How to easily use the rule of thirds


When framing a photo, imagine the scene divided up as above.


Think about what elements of the photo are most important, and try to position them at or near the lines and intersections of the grid.


They don't have to be perfectly lined up as long as they're close.


You may need to move around to get the best composition.


This forces you to think more carefully about the shot and is a good habit to get into whether you're using the rule of thirds or not.


To help you out, some cameras have a setting that overlays a rule of thirds grid onto your photo.


This removes all guesswork and helps you get your positioning even more accurate.


How composition works in the rule of thirds: tips to capture


In digital photography, compositions are very important.


They help to make or break your scene, separating the wheat from the chaff.


Photography composition, like the rule of thirds, is one part of creating great images.



You can see this better with the rule of thirds photography grid as a reference placed over the image. The difference is the key



You can apply the rules of composition to any genre of photography whether it is landscape photography or portrait photography.


In the portrait example below, the subject’s eyes are placed about two thirds up the photograph,


and her nose aligns with the rule of thirds grid as well:


Example of black and white photography




Once again – remember that breaking the rule can result in some striking shots –


so once you’ve learned it experiment with purposely breaking it to see what you discover. 


The rule of thirds is very flexible and can be used on any subject.


Improving your composition will help you explore different situations.


While the rule of thirds works well for some photographs, it is not the only way to capture a good image. Indeed,


any type of composition can be beautiful, and you will miss many opportunities if you never go beyond the rule of thirds.


When Not to Use the Rule of Thirds :


So, when should you use the rule of thirds? The basic value of this rule is to remind yourself that off-center compositions can work well and be successful.


Most of the time, beginner photographers will place their subjects in the dead center by default, forming the central composition.


Although central composition can be a very strong way to compose photographs, using it for every photo can be boring.



if you find that you are doing this, you can add more interest and variety by using the rule of thirds.


In reality, any type of off-central composition – not just the rule of thirds – can work well.


Instead, try framing your subject just slightly off-center, or even in the extreme corners.


Sometimes, the scene itself will dictate the type of composition which will work best for your photograph.


In the image below, you can see that I purposefully placed the subject close to the edge of the frame in order to convey a sense of isolation with a negative space composition:




Do not Underestimate central composition


Along with that, one photography tip that I want you to know is 


do not underestimate the central composition.


Although it can be boring if you use it too much, it also can be the most powerful way to compose and frame photographs.


Personally, I use central composition quite a bit, especially if there is a single, strong subject in the scene:




How to edit with the rule of thirds:  ( post-processing)


You can also use the rule of thirds photography when post-processing your image


It is a helpful way to correct your images and help make them more interesting.


You may even find that a tighter crop places more importance on your photographed scene.


The rule of thirds photography grid can help you achieve a better crop with the cropping tools


and thus, a stronger image 


By using editing software like Lightroom or Photoshop, get instant access to many more options and edit even better than before and you can also use lightroom presets to color grade it.



Common Question and answers


1. What is the "rule of thirds" in photography? Is it necessary when you take a photograph?


ANSWER-


The Rule of Thirds is a type of off-center composition where important elements of a photograph are placed along a 3×3 grid, which equally divides the image into nine parts


You then position the important elements in your scene along those lines, or at the points where they meet,


It is not necessary but, Indeed, any type of composition can be beautiful, and you will miss many opportunities if you never go beyond the rule of thirds.


2. Why is it important to follow the basic rule of thirds in photography for beginners?


ANSWER- 


The “Rule of Thirds” one of the first things that beginner photographers learn about in classes on photography and rightly so as it can help you create well balanced and interesting shots


The rule of thirds is certainly worth exploring, especially for those who are just starting to learn composition in photography. However, as you get more advanced,


you will start to realize that good composition is not about to hold the strict rules, but rather about composing each photo for its own merits.


It helps to make your images interesting and stand out from the crowd. Especially if you are capturing a location that has been done to death.


also one of the main reasons is that when viewing images that people’s eyes usually go to one of the intersection points most naturally rather than the center of the shot,


using the rule of thirds works with this natural way of viewing an image rather than working against it. If you want to read more rules of thirds is explained above.



3. What is the best application of the "rule of thirds" in photography?


ANSWER-


By using software such as Lightroom or Photoshop, you may explore more options and edit even better than before



  CONCLUSION - The basic rule in photography is to create something exclusive no matter what it takes, beginner photography starts with following the rule.


                            Start with street photography because you can easily apply the composition rule. Create your own photo and video gallery with photographic composition.


search more for portrait photography tips and also for landscape photography tips on youtube. Learn more about macro photography, art and design and shutter speed, aperture, and iso before applying the rule.


If you have more doubts watch photography tutorials, this will give you a wider perspective 


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