Rule of Thirds

Basic Composition is the placement of subjects within the photographic frame. We have all seen the snapshots most people create with everything dead centre in the photo frame. Take a look at these two photos and tell me which one is more appealing.

Photo 1 - Centered

Photo 2 - Rule of thirds (centre of the flower is at the upper right intersections)

One of the most basic rules of photographic composition is the rule of thirds. This involves dividing the image into thirds both vertically and horizontally. By placing key focal elements along at the intersections of a thirds grid you create better visual interest and a more pleasing composition. Try it out by comparing your favourite images or by trying shooting multiple images as a standard snapshot and then again following the rule of thirds. Which one do you like better?