The most well known rule of photographic composition is the Rule Of Thirds. Which the principle behind this rule is to break down an image into thirds (horizontally and vertically) so that you have 9 parts. You then can use the grid to identify four important parts of the image and place the main subject along the lines rather than directly in the centre. For the reason that, viewer’s eyes naturally go to an intersection point instead of the centre of the image as shown from scientifical research. Therefore, The Rule Of Thirds follows the natural way of viewing a photo, by off centre composition, rather than working against it.

For example these images I took below show The Rule Of Thirds technique as the focus of each image is placed in the left or right side of the image:

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However, this rule does not always have to be used in photography; The Rule Of Thirds simply is a rough guideline. For instance, symmetrical photography is a great example of placing the subject in the centre  of the frame to emphasise the subject’s balance.

I photographed this Palm tree in Majorca in August; although it doesn’t follow The Rule Of Thirds, the viewer can evidently see what the main subject is and the centre composition used to emphasise the Palm trees’ symmetrical pattern.

In photographing landscape settings, The rule Of Thirds is needed to convey the subject’s significance among the background and foreground, otherwise it just blends in creating an unbalanced look.

As portrayed in my photograph of the flower below, where it was so centre composed, I decided to crop the image to comply with the rule. This is because I wanted the focus to be on the plant as well as the background. Therefore, I had to crop the image so that the viewer can glance over at the background which leads to the beautiful flowers. But this could not happen with my first image of the plant, where it was placed in the centre, for the reason that it would not naturally attract the viewer’s eye. Furthermore, I feel that The Rule Of Thirds has helped to make the main subject of this photograph stand out against the background/foreground.

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