Rule of Thirds

In this post I would like to discuss the rule of thirds. This concept and method is very important for photographers and filmmakers alike. The purpose is to create a compositional balance between the subject and surrounding space.

When looking into your viewfinder, establish your point of interest of subject. Darren Rowse states, “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”. Then using your imaginary grid, divide the space and subject, keeping your subject on a third of the “grid”.

Implementing this method in your photography and films will provide a visually appealing composition that will naturally flow with the viewers eyes. Check out Darren’s article on the rule of thirds:


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