Rule of Thirds

One day I’ll talk abou the rule of threes – but today, I’ll repeat the rule of thirds.

Like in the image above, taken from my room in the Chelsea Hotel in New York City a few years ago.

Simply said:

  • Divide your picture into three columns and three rows.
  • Put lines (like people, buildings the horizon) near the lines.
  • Put objects (like the flag) on the intersection of lines.

That usually makes your pictures look much more pleasing. Don’t be Uncle Fred who puts every object in the centre of the image. Off-centre composition, using the Rule of Thirds, makes your images more pleasing.

Of course if you have a reason to centre your subject: do. But in the absence of such reason: use the Rule of Thirds.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *