Sunday Stills: The Rule of Thirds

What is the Rule of Thirds?

The basic principle behind the rule of thirds is to imagine breaking an image down into thirds (both horizontally and vertically) so that you have 9 parts. As follows.


As you’re taking an image you would have done this in your mind through your viewfinder or in the LCD display that you use to frame your shot. With this grid in mind the ‘rule of thirds’ now identifies four important parts of the image that you should consider placing points of interest in as you frame your image. Not only this – but it also gives you four ‘lines’ that are also useful positions for elements in your photo.


The theory is that if you place points of interest in the intersections or along the lines that your photo becomes more balanced and will enable a viewer of the image to interact with it more naturally. Studies have shown that when viewing images that people’s eyes usually go to one of the intersection points most naturally rather than the center of the shot – using the rule of thirds works with this natural way of viewing an image rather than working against it.

(Info Source: by Darren Rowse)

Orange Just the orange…  😉

Eagle-flight…its almost half..

Spreading-Clouds1/4?!?!?  😦

Grasshopper This will do! 😀

Hope you all had a Great week! For more ‘rules of thirds’ click here.

27 thoughts on “Sunday Stills: The Rule of Thirds

  1. Love your pics. I think I’m a little backwards, I must not look at photos like other people. The rule of thirds has the opposite effect on me, it makes me feel off kilter and at first I’m not sure what the main subject is……….oh well I have been told I’m …….to put it nicely a little different. Really enjoyed your pictures though ,have a great day.

  2. Just beautiful shots as usual. I love the bird in flight, and the sky shot is amazing. Not sure if I will get mine posted as I am on a weekend vacation with my sister. Will check out everyone elses though! Have a good day!

  3. Your photos are real awe-inspiring! Great macros and composition. Very well done for the theme. My favorite is the last one, that insect, is it a grasshopper or locust?

  4. Wow you continually amaze me with your shots! They all seem to pop off the screen like I am actually seeing them in real life! Great job on explaining the rule of thirds. It sometimes seems confusing to me, I tend to want to center everything!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Mine are finally up too if you want to check them out.

  5. Great use of the rule of thirds. I love the photo of the green orange.
    The shot of the eagle is beautiful!!! It flows very well.

    I’m curious how you get your logo onto your images. I love that look.

  6. As I scrolled down, I liked every better than the last… then I scrolled back up and it happened again. Perfect thirds with great subjects and great variety of the use of the thirds!

  7. Hi Nivin,

    Yes, it’s been a while. But that made it all the more pleasant to stop by and see such an incredible collection for your latest post. Beautiful work, my friend. You’ve been busy!

  8. You know I would have to pick the eagle or the grasshopper as favourites, but……which one?!? They are all great shots, but the grasshopper – I’ve never seen one like that before. I’m not sure it would make me any less hysterical if it flew on me, but it is magnificent.

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