Composing Using The Rule of Thirds

By placing your subject on a third line  or at an intersection you create a photo more pleasing to the viewer’s eye. The intersection points are sometimes referred to as clash points and are where your eye naturally falls. Notice how the vertical thirds in the photo divide the scene into three distinct, visually unique portions.

Try an L shaped connection between the three intersection(or inverted L shape) for flow.

Now take another look at the grid and notice how you can also create visual triangles. Do you see the triangle in this photo? They are another powerful way of conveying a strong visual image.

Take a look at your photos, notice how many you use the thirds without even thinking about it!

Do you find yourself using the rule of thirds often?

Read more about the rule of thirds. 

Does the rule of thirds  work for square photos?


  1. Roscodosco

    I totally agree with you about square. I’m finding it ruins the composition of my photos so I’ve been using Squaready which allows me to use my whole composition when I post.

  2. I’m finding it hard to make this rule work with square compositions – eg Instagram & Hipstamatic. The square seems so blocky. I’m wondering if you have any tips for working with that format?
    Thanks 🙂


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