Rule of Thirds

Rule of Thirds photography composition rule example

The Rule of Thirds is one of the most useful composition rules in photography. Two horizontal and two vertical lines divide your composition into three equally spaced vertical columns and three equally spaced horizontal rows.


To apply this rule, place the main subject and supporting elements of your scene at the intersection of two lines or along a line.


By placing the main subject and supporting elements away from the center forces the viewer's eyes to follow it, adding action and interest, as opposed to a static focus on the center of the photo. In addition, the background will be less obstructed, providing more space for the viewer’s eyes to comfortably rest and explore the photo more interactively.