Rule of Thirds

There are 4 different major elements that play a crucial role in appreciative value that an image can have to the potential viewer

All these questions with practice and “a good eye” are commonly solved intuitively, however, there are some rules that far from being taken literally serve as guidelines to guide beginners in the practice of photography or video and even the most experienced moments of doubt when they arise.

One of the main rules of composition in question is that of thirds and its simplicity allows us to use at all times without the need for elaborate sophisticated calculations or measurements that may take time to take our chance.

In an article on TV frames I commented that a natural tendency that we acquire in a world full of logic that favors thought through the left brain (logic and less creative part), is to focus the objects. This trend is evident in many aspects of our daily life as clothing, accessories, drawing and even when we are eating and we unconsciously making sure that the remaining portion of our food, remain the center of the plate.

The ability to compose images, requires closer observation and study that allows us to avoid symmetry as our only alternatives and experiment with lines and shapes that help give dimension to an image that physical restraint is two-dimensional.

The first step to apply the rule of thirds is to use our imagination. On our camera viewfinder, imagine that there are nine quadrants of identical proportions. These zones are segmented by two horizontal dividing lines starting the screen in three equal segments and two vertical lines that complete separation of the nine areas.

Some people get confused and think that this network is to help us better focus the image. On the contrary, the law of thirds says that we can use each of the intersection points (highlighted with red crosshairs) that occur between the lines to place our main point of interest.

Thus we have four possible positions for that or those elements that to our attention, draw attention above the other elements. This assessment may be determined by the whimsical shape, color more impact or saturation, a recognizable symbol, a glow that highlights the overall contrast and in the specific case of people’s faces and animals, the eye is invariably our first point visual contact.

It is also important to determine the ideal position of our point of interest between the intersections of thirds, we take into consideration the vanishing points of the lines and give them the necessary so that they can fulfill their function deep space.