Rule of Thirds

This week we are diving into the Rule of Thirds with an awesome guest post by Tom Shu of Wit and Folly:

“The Rule of Thirds is a helpful compositional guide. As with any rule, it really is meant to be broken, so take this more as a helpful suggestion than a requirement.

The Rule of Thirds divides your image into vertical and horizontal thirds.

Why Does the Rule of Thirds work?

The main theory behind the rule is that if you place your main subject along one of these lines, your overall image will be more balanced and interesting.

There are also some deeper psychological reasons why the Rule of Thirds works:

How to Use the Rule of Thirds:

When Not to Use the Rule of Thirds:

Even though the Rule of Thirds is a great compositional tool, there are some situations where you shouldn’t use this rule:

Check out these 6 examples that use the Rule of Thirds. As you look at each image, notice how the rule is not an exact science when you use it in real-life, but a guide.” — Tom Shu of Wit and Folly

Example 2 - Mount Rainier Sunrise Reflection

Example 3 - Moonrise Over Mount Rainier

Example 4 - Top of Rattlesnake Lake

Example 6 - Sunrise Visitor Center

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All photos by Tom Shu of  Wit and Folly .

Learn more about the Rule of Thirds and how it is applied in each shot here!

All photos by Tom Shu of Wit and Folly.