I’d like to talk/write about the photography rules today. Today’s rule is the Rule of Thirds. Before I go on, I would like to say that I am aware many of you know this rule, so please, feel welcome to add on in comments. For those of you, who are not familiar with this rule, please feel free to ask questions. The Rule of Thirds is probably the most well-known rule when it comes to (not only photographic, but also art) composition. It is the one of the first things you learn in photography classes (and all other artistic classes).
So, what is the Rule of Thirds? The rule states that an image should be imagined as divided into nine equal parts by two equally spaced horizontal lines and two equally spaced vertical lines, and that important compositional elements should be placed along those lines or their intersections. Proponents of the technique claim that aligning a subject with these points creates more tension, energy and interest in the composition than simply centering the subject would.
I use this rule a lot. Actually, I have set my camera to show the ‘the rule of thirds’ grid. It makes it a lot easier to edit photos if you know what you want and if you take them that way. I find this rule very useful when shooting people. I try to align their eyes with the upper intersection of the lines; either the left or the right side. It also works perfectly with the bottom intersection.
Even though his eyes are lightly below the line of the intersection, the photo looks better than it would if the subject was centered. When taking photos, aim to capture the eyes a bit above the line.
The same rule works for the landscapes as well. Move the horizon line from the center to the one of the intersection lines. In this photo, I moved it to the lower one. It makes ours photo more interesting.