RULE OF THIRDS: MYTH OR TRUTH?
Which brings us beautifully to the Rule Of Thirds. Don’t know what the rule of thirds is? Simple. Imagine, on your camera’s frame, a set of grid lines. Two of the lines are vertical, an equal distance from each other and the edges of the frame. The other two are horizontal, again equally spaced. This splits a frame into horizontal and vertical thirds, and the theory is that images composed according to these imaginary lines will be more aesthetically pleasing than images that aren’t.
Let’s have an example, shall we?
Let’s try another.
So: rule of thirds, lots of negative space, keeps pub bores happy, and a reasonable idea when you’ve got something interesting in front of you but don’t know what to do with it. But:
So: is the rule of thirds A Thing? Undoubtedly, and for want of a better plan it’s a perfectly good place to start, compositionally-speaking. Is it the only way to compose? The only way to answer that is with another cliché: rules are meant to be broken.