The rule of thirds in photography — Photography podcast #23

This pho­tog­ra­phy pod­cast dis­cusses the rule of thirds in pho­tog­ra­phy. This rule‚which is more of a guide­line sug­gests that you divide the image that you see through your viewfinder into equal thirds so that it resem­bles a tic-tac toe board. Depend­ing on what the objects of inter­est are, you can place them along the divid­ing lines or at one of the 4 OFF-CENTER points as illus­trated in the square dia­gram below. Doing this gen­er­ally improves your pho­to­graphic composition.

In these exam­ple images below you can prob­a­bly see that the off cen­ter shots are more inter­est­ing or appeal­ing. The cen­tered shot of the gar­den statue should appear less appeal­ing than the non cen­tered shot.

You can download‚this pho­tog­ra­phy podcast‚directly‚by click­ing the pre­ced­ing link‚or lis­ten to it almost imme­di­ately with the embed­ded player.


  1. KellyM says:


    This one was a good one to…I think I will prob­a­bly lis­ten to it a cou­ple times just to get all the good info from it.

    Do you know how hard it is to re-train your­self not to put every­thing dead cen­tre. I still every once in awhile put sub­jects in the cen­tre with out even know­ing it :)


  2. admin says:

    Hey thanks for that com­ment Vig — much appreciated!

  3. vig says:

    Hey Marko. This was a great lit­tle tuto­r­ial. I really enjoyed lis­ten­ing to it. The rule of thirds is such a fun­da­men­tal guide that I’ve some­times for­got­ten about it How­ever upon inspect­ing my pho­tos its inter­est­ing to see how it just pops up every­where with­out me con­sciously think­ing bout it. This tuto­r­ial has just got­ten me back to con­sciously mak­ing deci­sions com­po­si­tions in rela­tion to the rule– I’m just using it as a tool now to get cre­ative. Thanks for the reminder and for the great job on the pod­cast & blog. I’m lis­ten­ing in :)


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