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The Rule of Thirds : Photography tips

The Rule of Thirds : Photography tips
Rule of thirds is one of the powerful technique and one of the important rule in field of Cinema and Photography which makes photos more interesting and dynamic. In this article we will demonstrate how we can use the rule of thirds to improve your photography.


The rule of thirds is a concept in which the screen is divide into nine imaginary sections as shown in image below. By dividing the screen into 9 equal sections we get reference point which guides us in framing the image.

Rule of thirds

Subject  or a point of interest should be placed at 1/3rd or 2/3rd across the frame rather than placing in the centre of the screen. It balances your image without making it appear too static.

Example of Rule of thirds

Limitations of Rule of Thirds.

What  if there is nothing in the image to apply the rule ? This usually happens in extremely abstract compositions. In this case you should still apply the rule to strike balance in the image. Look for brighter or darker spots to compose your image. This will effectively create an off centre composition.

Breaking Rule of thirds


Most artists or photographer feel cramped due to rigidity of the rule. But rules are meant to be broken and this one’s no exception. You can place the subject in the center if you want to show the symmetry of the subject.

About Amod Mantri

Amod drinks lots of coffee and writes articles. A student by day , blogger by night. When a team needs a gum to hold itself together , he is there to chew it.

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