Remember the Rule of Thirds To Improve Photos and Video

Remember the Rule of Thirds To Improve Photos and Video

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Gregory Han
Apr 23, 2013

Do you know about the “Rule of Thirds”, a basic photographic principle which divides an image into thirds, both horizontally and vertically, creating nine sections for framing subjects while taking a photo or video? Utilizing this guideline technique while composing or cropping an image can help improve focal points and the overall dynamic appeal of your subject...


Although the short video above by the Thomson Reuters Foundation was produced with journalist video cameramen in mind, the information is equally helpful for beginner point-and-shooters looking to avoid static looking images. Even smartphone photographers can incorporate this technique, with several photo apps offering rule of thirds grid overlays for guidance, including the built-in iOS camera. To turn on the rule of thirds grid, toggle the grid on via Options in the Camera app.

An example of the rule of thirds in practice from one of our recent House Tours: Julie & Spiro's Getaway in Greece.

Additionally, Android users can take a free course right from their phone with the Rule of Thirds by QuickPro app, while iOS users can turn to Adobe Photoshop Express to post-process using the rules while cropping extraneous areas of photos for an overall improved shot. 

For further information about the Rule of Thirds, check out this visual guide, from Cambridge of Color.

(Images: Gregory Han; Nikos Gogas)

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