According to the rule of thirds, the lines that divide the picture into thirds are the most effective places toposition objects in your photo. So, for example, the horizon should be positioned on or near the line athird from the top or a third from the bottom of the picture. Vertical objects like trees should be placed onor near the lines a third from the left or right of the picture. Also according to the rule,
the most powerful points in the composition are the areas where thelines intersect.
So, if your horizon is a third from the top of the frame, a house or tree on the horizon would be best placed a third from the left or right, at the intersecting point of the horizontal and verticallines. If you have positioned a tree along one of the vertical lines, a bird sitting in a fork of the tree would be best positioned where it intersects with the horizontal line a third from the top."The Spotted Eagle" captured by Richard SchneiderIf this seems hard to follow, sketch it out and it will start to make sense.If this seems a little too structured and organized for the real world, that¶s because in most cases it is. After twenty years in photography, I can tell you that nature is not so neatly packaged for ourconvenience. You cannot expect all the objects in your photos to fall into place according to the Rule of Thirds. However, by using the rule as a general framework, you can begin to create structure in yourphotography Why does the rule of thirds work? Don¶t know, don¶t need to know. But it does work. It satisfies our senseof visual proportion, so that photos structured in this way appear balanced in the eye of the viewer. You