The Rule of Thirds
The rule of thirds is a "rule of thumb" or guideline. The guideline proposes that animage should be imagined as divided into nine equal parts by two equally-spacedhorizontal lines and two equally-spaced vertical lines, and that importantcompositional elements should be placed along these lines or their intersections.Proponents of the technique claim that aligning a subject with these pointscreates more tension, energy and interest in the composition than simplycentering the subject.The rule of thirds is applied by aligning a subject with the guide lines and their intersection points, placing the horizon on the top or bottom line, or allowinglinear features in the image to flow from section to section. The main reason for observing the rule of thirds is to discourage placement of the subject at thecenter, or prevent a horizon from appearing to divide the picture in half.The theory is that if you place points of interest in the intersections or along thelines that your photo becomes more balanced and will enable a viewer of theimage to interact with it more naturally. Studies have shown that when viewingimages that people¶s eyes usually go to one of the intersection points mostnaturally rather than the center of the shot ± using the rule of thirds works withthis natural way of viewing an image rather than working against it.