The rule of thirds is one of the basic composition rules in photography. To balance your photo, imagine that your frame is divided by 2 horizontal and 2 vertical lines. Place the most important elements of your photo at the points where those lines intersect. Although this approach is considered as overrated it is a good starting point for improving your composition.
- Place the main subjects near the points where the lines cross. They don’t have to be exactly at those points.
- In addition, the horizon can be placed along the upper or the lower line. It all depends on what you wish to emphasise.
The rule of thirds is closely connected to another composition tips of placing your main subject off-centre. First of all, if you centre everything your images will look similar and lack versatility. Furthermore, it is probably the most common mistake all beginner photographers make. Thus the images will look less professional.
If you are shooting a very close portrait, place the eyes of your subject on the top third line of the image (using the rule of thirds). As a result the image will look more balanced and more professional.