If you want to take your photography to the next level one of the first things to get to grips with is the Rule of Thirds.
The Rule of Thirds is a guideline for composition of images, put simply it’s a rule of thumb to follow to ensure your images are visually pleasing. It can also apply to painting, filmmaking or even interior design.
The guideline states that an image should be divided into nine equal parts by two equally-spaced horizontal lines and two equally-spaced vertical lines. Important compositional elements should be placed along these lines or their intersections.
The photograph on the right demonstrates how this works. The bridge, which is the main object in the image, is in the centre horizontal third. The top and bottom of the bridge run parallel to the two horizontal lines.
The person with the umbrella, which is the main focus of the image is in the far right centre section.
Applying the Rule of Thirds should mean that you avoid a few of the common mistakes of photography, such as a horizon bisecting an image. It also helps to avoid always placing the subject at the centre of an image as this can sometimes make a good composition look a little boring.