Rule Of Thirds

Description: In photography, the rule of thirds is a type of composition in which an image is divided evenly into thirds, both horizontally and vertically, and the subject of the image is placed at the intersection of those dividing lines, or along one of the lines itself.

For years i never used it but now as i get better with my camera and print more images, i see the importance and why you should use Rule of thirds. Most cameras have a function inside the camera so you see the grid lines through the viewfinder.

The Goldfinch is my example of using the rule of thirds, as you can see the image makes you look at the Goldfinch face and what it is looking at.

Imagine 9 boxes 3 lines across and 3 lines down see where the Goldfinch is in the Grid. I don’t think its that important if your not entering competition but still think it give the image a better story to it.


Cropping an image is a personal preference and sometimes i do over crop but i love filling the frame, like the Heron flying past, and sometimes it fills the frame without the image being cropped. Again image quality plays a big part in my work so i do love and image close up showing the beautiful detail in and bird or animal, again that’s just me done have hard and fast rules

Greylag Goose

Yes i like this image but leaving space on the right would have given it a better feel.

A few more images, see if you think they look ok or should have had Rule Of Thirds applied.