The Rule Of Thirds is a rule used in photography to capture a higher quality photo that looks professional and have a good composition.

Landscape shot

This is a landscape shot where the main subject of the photo is centred in the left and central thirds of the photo. The head of the animal is centred in the middle of the top first and second thirds line. This had left enough space for the body to be positioned fully in the middle of the first ‘third’. This has left the bottom of the body for the bottom third of the first column. The image is a full body shot taken from further away to capture the image, it is also positioned mainly in the first column on the ‘thirds’. The background to this image is also out of focus drawing full attention the main subject of the photo.


This is a head and shoulder shot as a portrait where the main subject takes  up the first two ‘thirds’ fully. The eyes are almost lined up with the top line. The centre of the face (nose and mouth) are in the central square giving the positioning of the photo to this main focus point. The background is also green and out of focus drawing attention to the girl and the sunflower and complimenting to main subject of the image.

Here are a few of my own examples of ‘The Rule Of Thirds’


This shot is a landscape long shot. I have the model looking into the centre as the image is taken in the last ‘third’. The model’s eyes line up with the top line and the body in the centre of the image and the bottom half in the last section. The image also has a plant in the left section of the image adding another image to fill the space makes the overall picture more exciting to look at as it is filled without drawing attention away from the model as it blends into it’s surroundings.


This image is a landscape close up shot. The model is positioned mostly central meaning the model has the option of looking left or right. The eyes are lining up with the top ‘line’ of the thirds and the middle parts of the face (nose and mouth) are in the middle section of the ‘thirds’ The background isn’t too distracting but still brings life to the image with the bright blue sky adding colour to the image and giving it life

IMG_0069 This image is a portrait full body shot. The model is positioned mostly in the left and central ‘thirds’ of the image. The brightness of the background contrasts with the foreground bringing the attention the model. The image is also taken from lower down looking up at the model giving the image a different perspective and making the model seem taller than they actually are and giving the illusion they are the main subject. The green in the background is also bright and adds colour and excitement to the image.

Here is a bad example of ‘The Rule Of Thirds’


This image is meant to be a portrait half shot. The models top half is too low down. The image should be only the models shoulders and face meaning the head would be closer to the top of the image. Furthermore, because of this, the model’s eyes do not line up with the the ‘line’ of the thirds and is not a pleasing photo to the eyes of others. The image is also not a proper half shot as half of the torso is in the shot. The torso should only be able to be seen in a full shot. The background is also very plain and makes the photo lack excitement and look dull.