Composing Your Shot - Rule of Thirds

For the photographer on the go there's no better and faster way to compose well-balanced shots than by using the Rule of Thirds. Mentally divide the frame into thirds horizontally and vertically. Then align the most important parts of your subject along one of the four points where the lines intersect.


You don't have to apply the Rule of Thirds to all your shots. But when you shoot for a news package, the images appear for such a short time (under 5 seconds is common) that they must be understood immediately by your viewer. A shot that isn't properly composed will force your viewers' eyes to roam before they see what it is you are trying to convey.  

The Rule of Thirds helps to provide lead space and proper headroom for your subject.