By Peeter Poldre, Photographer – Always learning and striving to CAPTURE the next great photo!

Composing with Thirds

For centuries visual artists have been aware of the “Rule of Thirds” (which is more of a guideline). An image is divided both horizontally and vertically into thirds (1). Important elements in the picture, such as the horizon or vertical structures, are optimally located on these lines. When taking a photo, it is a natural tendency for the subject to be placed in the middle of the frame, but at the time of editing or while actually taking the photo, the photographer may compose with thirds to enhance the final result. Horizons are the easiest to place along either the upper or lower horizontal third (images 2,3,4). In addition, dominant vertical structures (the tree in 4, the lighthouse in 5) can also be placed along either the right or left vertical third.