Photo Techniques: Following the Rule of Thirds

Centered image lacks interest.

Use of rule of thirds brings energy.

The rule of thirds is a compositional rule of thumb that can help you create powerful images. The rule states that important compositional elements should be placed along the one-third lines. Using this type of alignment can help create more energy and interest in an image than when the key elements are centered.

In the sample image above, the horizon aligns with the bottom line, the lamp post aligns to the right line and the tower roughly aligns with the left line. Although this can be best achieved when creating the original photograph, similar results can be achieved through cropping.