The rule of thirds will enhance your composition, no matter the theme. Here’s how to apply it effectively.
The rule of thirds says that if you divide any composition into a third, vertically and horizontally, then place the main elements of the image along these lines or at their intersections, the resulting arrangement will be more interesting, pleasant and dynamic. This rule is used frequently by photographers, as well as painters and artists, who use the one-third rule primarily for landscapes. However, it also works for a wide variety of topics including still lifes, human figures, and even portraits. Learning about rules like this (and of course the Golden Ratio) will help improve your design and art.
Rule of Thirds gives you a guide to focus. If you design your focal points to the intersections of any of the 9 rectangles, your photo will have the necessary counterbalance to make the composition more interesting and engaging. than.
You can also design other elements in the image to guide your eyes from one focus to another, and use angles to bring the viewer into focus on the photo or keep the eye moving back on the photo. This type of eye guide adds movement and life to any composition. And today, we will be looking at how artists use the rule of thirds to create vivid works.
01. The origin of the one-third rule
The rule of thirds is a guide to the layout. Its origins date back to classical and Renaissance paintings, but it is still primarily known as a composition tool used by photographers. This painting by Valentin de Boulogne shows all the main characters placed on the dividing line above, making up a dynamic arrangement of the characters.
02. Rule of thirds in landscape
The one-third rule is primarily known as a tool for composing landscapes. In this painting by Pierre Henri de Valenciennes, the horizon is set on the lower third and a large number of mountains and scenery are placed in the left part, to create a more dynamic backdrop.
03. The rule of thirds for an asymmetrical composition
The main function of the one-thirds rule is to help create non-symmetrical compositions. If elements in a picture are centered and too balanced, it becomes boring. If the images are compensated using the rule of thirds, the asymmetry and the symmetry of the elements will result in a much more vivid photo.
04. Set focus with the rule of thirds
Another great way to use the rule of thirds is to help focus. In this portrait, the eye falls on the horizontal line above and leads to the second focus at the ear. Other interesting points like the warm triangle of light also fall at the intersection of the directions.
05. Guide eyes with the rule of thirds
Eyeflow is another great use of the one-third rule. In this picture by Rubens, the boar’s main focus is set at an intersection. Other sub-points of interest are also on the intersections and the action of eye positions from one focal point or point of interest to another point of interest or intersection.
Translator: Nam Vu