Our previous photography tips have consisted of a specific type of photography - from close-up macro shots to playing with shutter speeds, each one has had a specific use case. In this post, we’re going to discuss one simple rule that can be applied to all your photos across the board: the rule of thirds. Just like its title states, this rule has you dividing up your camera’s display into thirds, both horizontally and vertically. Imagine the following lines drawn on your camera’s display:
This tic-tac-toe grid acts as a guide to positioning your subject. The four points where the lines intersect (accented by green dots) are your strongest focal points. Your eye is naturally drawn to these areas when viewing a photo. The actual lines are secondary focal points - what you take in after you’ve seen the main point of the photo.
For the most aesthetically pleasing photos, you’ll want to place the most important part of your photo on one of these points. Because the eye is naturally drawn to this area, you will be able to create a stronger photo.