rule of thirdsAs an amateur photographer, you always thrive for perfection in your photos.

There are many techniques and rules to be followed by amateur photographers to get “picture perfect” photos.

One of the famous rules for many learners is”Rule Of Thirds”.

Rule of thirds teaches the amateur photographers to click pleasing and rewarding photos.

Often the mistake done by many learners is they take photos with heads or chins cut off, giving empty space in the photo, which looks awkward.

Many amateurs’ tendency is to place the object in the middle of the frame. These photos may not appear interesting and some may even feel that these pictures are boring and usual. At this point, rule of thirds helps you to overcome this and you can have pleasing images.

Rule of thirds helps amateur photographers:

The rule of thirds technique divides the photo by drawing 2 horizontal and vertical imaginary lines making the photo into 9 parts. The imaginary lines intersect at 4 points. These points are important and act as view finders. These 4 intersections act as important points to your photographic objects. Thus, placing your objects in these intersection points will yield perfect photos.

Once you identify the important objects to click, you can adjust the object to get into the intersection points. The theory in the rule of thirds is once you adjust the objects into the intersection points or frames, you get your photos more balanced and complete, deleting unnecessary spaces.

Not only the intersection points influence the rule of thirds, the lines are also useful to determine horizontal and vertical balance in the photograph.

Rule of thirds for animal pictures: The possible application to click animal photographs is to get the animal eyes centered on to the thirds intersection point, which looks as if the animal is looking into the frame. This often avoids dead centers and empty spaces in the picture. This phenomenal is for close-up clicks.

For clicking from the large distance, do not get your object into the frame formed by the intersection points, this can make the picture boring. It’s advised to place the object outside the frame. But, be sure that you do not make the frame empty without the object. At least have a small portion of the object in the frame. To clearly explain, you can have a side still of the object. This side still gives the picture a dynamic composition.

Rule of thirds for portraits: When taking a portrait, you must be sure that the maximum portion of the object is into the frame and the horizontal line passes through the eyes of the object. It gives a horizontal and vertical balance in the picture. When you place the head of the object too high or too low in the picture, it makes the viewing of picture uncomfortable. To overcome this, follow the rule of thirds and see that the eyes pass through the first horizontal line.

When you click a photograph, the object must cover the maximum portion of intersection points and lie within the intersection points, thus yielding perfect photograph.

Rule of thirds is not only limited to photography, but it can also be used in architecture designs and painting pictures for better designs, which fill empty unnecessary spaces in the designs and paints.

Rule of thirds is not a rule to be followed, but it is often dealt as guidelines for the amateur photographers to yield great photos.


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