The Rule of Thirds 

The Out and About May prompt is “The Rule of Thirds: by Neva Kittrell Scheve
Without good composition, you won’t have a good photograph.   The basic rule of good composition is called The Rule of Thirds.  This very basic rule applies to painting, design, and photography and following it will greatly improve your image.  If you have been entering our SPC competitions or thinking about it, you may have noticed that the judges always comment on the composition of the photos.  How many times have you heard a judge say something like, “This would have been so much better if the horizon wasn’t right in the middle of the photo”, or  “The subject needs room to move into the photo”?    So, that’s what we are working on this month – improving your photos by using the Rule of Thirds

Most cameras will show you a grid through your viewfinder that divides your view into thirds – both vertical and horizontal - that you can line up when you compose your photo in your camera.  If your camera doesn't have that feature, check out the links below for a better explanation of how the grid works. 


Knowing how to use the Rule of Thirds is critical to composing your photos, but sometimes, as an artistic interpretation, it can be all right to break the rule in some instances.  But you need to understand the rule in the first place so you know you are breaking it on purpose in order to make a statement.  The links below will explain that in more detail.

The following videos and articles can explain The Rule of Thirds in much more detail. You can do your own search to find more.
Good Examples Here:

This is good.  It goes a little further to explain the “Golden Mean” And the math behind it.



The second part of the above link “Is it Ok to Break the Rule of Thirds”  with a video.