Today’s Tutorial: Rule of Thirds

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http://digital-photography-school.com/rule-of-thirds/

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What is the rule of thirds? How can you tell if you are doing it correctly? What does the rule of thirds do to an image? Why is it important?

43 thoughts on “Today’s Tutorial: Rule of Thirds

  1. Taylor Bischof

    Taylor bischof
    2/5/15
    p.3

    the rule of thirds is a rule of composition that devides an image to show it’s natural focus points.
    you can tell if you’re doing it correctly by paying attention to where the focus point of your picture is and if it is an alingment with any of the 4 focus points
    the rule of thirds devides an image into 9 parts. it dose this by putting a grid patternovr the picture mapping the four points that allow the focal point of the picture to be balanced in the photo.
    it is important because it gives the image a stronger sense of balance. it dose not need to be followed in every image however being outside the rule of thirds may make the image awkward to view.

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  2. brooke staley

    brooke staley period 3
    the rule of thirds is splitting a picture into 9 sections and placing the main viewpoint or viewpoints on an intersections to make it more appealing to the eye. you can tell you are doing it correctly if your main point of focus goes to where you were aiming for when you took the photo. the rule of third makes the image not awkward and makes the pictures well balanced and interesting. its importnant because it creates better pictures.

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    1. Natalie Kolafa

      Natalie Kolafa
      Period 6

      The rule of thirds is a strategy used by photographers, where the photo is divided up into nine even parts. The points where the lines intersect are where the rule suggests your main focus of the image should be. You are doing it correctly if the intersecting lines cross where your focus is, or if your main focus isn’t centered. The rule of thirds adds extra interest to the image, and is important to create photos that are artistically set up.

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  3. Dakota Grant

    3_Dakota_Grant
    the rule of thirds is a method of shooting where the shot is seperated into 9 parts. to now you are useing it correctly is that you should try to focus the image on an intersection rather than the middle.

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  4. Gabe Vertz

    3_Gabe_Vertz

    The rule of thirds is taking a picture and seperating it into 9 sections.
    If you have 4 points where the most important thing of your image is in, and 4 lines, both vertical and horizantal, where other balanced things and interesting things are lined up with are, you’re doing it right.
    The rule of thirds balances a photo and brings out the most interesting parts of the image first.
    It is important because it brings out the most important parts and makes the photo’s more appealing to the eye.

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  5. hannahneff2

    Hannah Neff
    period 3
    February 5, 2015

    The rule of thirds plits the picture you take into 9 sections and the placing the main viewpoint or veiwpoints on an intersections to make it more appealing to the eye. If your main point of focuse goes to where you were aiming for when take the picture you wanted shows that it is correctly done. The rule of third is important because it makes the pictur better and the image isnt weird looking it brings out the main view of what you are photograhing, makes sure its interesting and cool.

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  6. Dakota Hoffman

    the rule of thirds is when you split the picture into 9 sections and put the focal point in one of the cross sections. it is important because it can make a good photo a great photo.

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  7. gabriel david

    Gabriel David period 3
    the rule of thirds is breaking up a picture into 9 equal squares.you can tell youre doing “the rule of thirds” if the point of interest is on an intersection or completely in a line. the rule of thirds is suopposed to balance out the photo. this is important because its more natural to the human eye.

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  8. Iana Mocanu

    Iana Mocanu P.3
    the rule of thirds is where the picture is divided in to 9 sections the theory is that if you place points of interest in the intersections or along the lines that your photo becomes more balanced and will enable a viewer of the image to interact with it more naturally. You can tell if youre doing it correctly if main item in ur photo is on wither side of the 2 intersections. The rule of thirds makes a picture look not “awkward”. This is importnant because it makes the photoes look nicer.

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    1. Deontae

      Deontae martin Per.3
      The rule of thirds is for photographers when taking a picture. the rule divides a picture in thirds vertically and horzontaly so that you have 9 parts. as you’re taking an image you would have
      done this in your mind. this is an early rule to learn when taking pictures because it is so effetive.

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  9. Deontae

    Deontae martin Per.3
    The rule of thirds is for photographers when taking a picture. the rule divides a picture in thirds vertically and horzontaly so that you have 9 parts. as you’re taking an image you would have
    done this in your mind. this is an early rule to learn when taking pictures because it is so effetive.

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  10. Alyssa Mitchell

    3-Alyssa-Mitchell\
    The rule of Third is imagery lines that cut the picture into 9 little squares using 4 lines. The rule of thirds is to help you make your picture look better and make sure your not placing people our objects in the wrong places, its to help you make sure your picture doesn’t come out awkward and misleading. By following the rule of third your picture will come out amazing

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  11. Monica Gaudette

    The rule of thirds is when you visualize 4 lines going across a photo (2 vertically and 2 horizontally). You know you are doing it right when you line your photo up with 1 or more intersecting lines. The rule of thirds splits the image into 9 sections and helps you create a more balanced photo, the importance of this is so you can take a more visually appealing photo.

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  12. Taytum Prater

    The rule of thirds is a way of taking photos to help balance your photo. By spliting your photo into thirds vertically and horizontally it gives you points to put your main subject of your photo. If you use the rule of thirds correctly it leads viewers eyes to the focal point of the photo. The rule of thirds really helps to give photos balance and not make it so awkward with the main focus directly in the center of the photo. The rule is important for new photographers to learn as an outline for their photos and to help raise interest in their photos but once the rule is learned its important to know how to break it.

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  13. pedro fuller

    pedro fuller
    period 3
    1.the rule of thirds is the picutre being divided into 9 squares and where the picture lines up usally on the line or close to rather than taking a picture in the where it could be considerd an awkward photo.
    2.where the picture lines up.
    3.it helps to balance out the photo and make a great shot.
    4.its important becuase it creates a good photo becuase studies show that eyes are naturally drawn to the lines rather than the center.

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  14. Logan Terry

    Logan Terry Period 5
    The rule of 3rds is splitting an image in 9 equal pieces. The intersecting points is where you line up objects or the main point of the picture. you can tell if you are doing the rule of thirds correctly by alining the object on the right or left side of the picture depending on the movement of the photo. The rule of thirds shows the direction and where the movement is going. The rule of thirds is important to set a mood for a photo and show contrast with the background.

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  15. Lisi Thomas Per. 5

    The Rule Of Thrids is an 9 equal secetions of your photo, making it balance if you use the main part of the image by cenetering it between the lines of 2 intersections so it doesnt make the photo look awkward and gives it more of a story. Also gives you a main focus of the photo. The Rule is important for photographyers to learn how to give their photo an outline of a storying telling and makes the photo look 10X more professional and just natural to the eye.

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  16. mehrija selava

    Mehrija Selava
    Period 5
    2/5/15
    The rule of thirds is to imagine breaking an image down into thirds (both horizontally and vertically) so that you have 9 parts. You are doing it correctly if your main point of view isnt centered completely and a person looking at your photo can tell what is the main subject of the photo. The rule of thirds helps balance the image and focus more on the main thing in the photo rather than the backround. Its important because studies show that when a person looks at a photograph they focus more on the intersections rather than the center so it helps when people are viewing your photos so people can see the main point of your image.

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  17. Destany Grendahl

    Destany Grendahl
    Period 5
    The rule of thirds is a compositional aid to help balance the photo you are taking. You break down an image into thirds (9 parts) with vertical and horizontal lines and place the main focus or main point of interest on the intersecting points of the lines. Placing the main focus in the center makes the photo awkward looking and placing the main focus to the side is more natural for the human eye. This is important to learn as an outline because it makes photos more interesting and feel more natural. You can tell you’re doing right by seeing where your main point of focus is and imagine the intersecting lines and if it’s place on an intersecting lines, then you’re doing it correctly.

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  18. Olivia Agard

    Olivia Agard

    p.5

    The rule of thirds is a way to keep your photo balanced. If you have split your photo into thirds both vertically and horizontally, it should give you main points for whatever you are shooting. If used correctly, it brings interest into the object you have chosen. The rule of thirds really just focuses on one thing; it ignores any other space that is not needed. It’s important because it’s one of the fundementals of photography; and it makes your pictures look much more sophisticated. Once you get better, you can start bending the rule of thirds.

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  19. Dennis Hozan

    Dennis Hozan Period 5

    The rule of thirds is breaking down the picture down into thrids, both vertically and horizontally so that you have 9 parts of the picture. it is where your eyes mainly look when the picture is broken down.the rule of thirds is the most important part of the image. the trule of thirds makes the photo look nicer and less awkward.

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  20. Tan Kieu

    Tan Kieu P.5
    The rule of thirds is principle of photographic composition help balance the photo. Breaking the photo into 9 parts by two lines (horizontally and vertically). Then you will see the 4 main points of the rule if you do it correctly. The rule of thirds focused on the main points that the photo placed on. It makes the photo looks more interesting. Once you use it correct your photo will look more nature.

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  21. Ethan L.

    Ethan Luedecker period 5

    The rule of thirds is an aid to create a better balance and point of interest. The rule of thirds is dividing a frame into equal segments, thirds on the Y axis and thirds on the X axis creating nine sections. This stratagy is a way to make the image more interesting by creating an equal number of the interesting object and negitive space. The way to tell if you are preforming the rule of thirds correctly is to not put the image in the center and instead put the object more to the right or left, the optimum place to place the object is through the top and bottom intersecting lines, this creates negitive space and make the picture a whole lot more interesting.

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  22. Vanessa Brown

    Vanessa Brown
    Period 5
    What is the rule of thirds? How can you tell if you are doing it correctly? What does the rule of thirds do to an image? Why is it important?
    The Rule of Thirrds is a photogarphy technique that divides a photo into three sections vertically and horizontally. You can tell if you’re using the rule correctly if the subject/object in your photo alligns with a point of intersection made by the grid lines. The Rule of Thirds helps make an image better for the viewer by drawing their eyes to specific places and making it mor natural for the eye. It is important because using it can improve your picture, and make it more pleasing to the viewer.

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  23. Anthony Martinez

    Anthony Martinez
    5th period
    Rule of thirds is a type of photo photographers take where they follow two imaginary vertical and horizontal lines and use the four focal points as points of interest.
    You can tell you are using rule of thirds correctly if they fall onto the focal points that are imagined by the photographer.
    What rule of thirds can do for a picture is make them more dynamic and interesting. They are important because if the subject is dead in the center, they appear sometimes unattractive and awkward.

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  24. Lexi Martinot

    5_Lexi_Martinot
    The “Rule of Thirds” is when you divide a picture into 9 squares (2 vertical & 2 Horizontal lines),
    where the lines intersect is where the main focus points should be at. This helps balance the photo & makes it looks less awkward.

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  25. Joshua Curtis

    The rule of thirds is a technique based on four imaginary lines when taking a picture. Two lines are vertical, two are horizontal. Where these lines intersect is where you want to place the point of interest in the picture. The fact that these intersections are off center results in your eyes being drawn to that area. This point of interest can be at any of the four intersections. The empty space that occurs due to the focus being off center adds a lot to the picture.

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  26. Donavan Brock

    breaks an image into 9 parts using squares that are equal in size.
    Theres 4 important parts of an image horazontial and vertical.
    it brings out the image of what it is your taking plus it attracts the eye to the most important part of the image you took.

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  27. Sammie Abbe

    The rule of thirds is splitting an image into 9 sections using 2 horizontal and 2 vertical lines. You can tell if you are doing it correctly if your main point of focus goes right to where you were aiming for. The rule of thirds makes an image more balanced and seem more natural. It is important because it creates better and more creative pictures.

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  28. daniel dahlin

    Daniel dahlin period 6

    What is the rule of thirds?
    I copied this: The theory is that if you place points of interest in the intersections or along the lines that your photo becomes more balanced and will enable a viewer of the image to interact with it more naturally. Studies have shown that when viewing images that people’s eyes usually go to one of the intersection points most naturally rather than the center of the shot – using the rule of thirds works with this natural way of viewing an image rather than working against it.
    How can you tell if you are doing it correctly?
    By making two intersecting lines in the photo and if they cross on the main object then it is the rule of thirds. If they do not cross over the object then you are doing it wrong.
    What does the rule of thirds do to an image?
    Makes it so it show more around them or it and also makes your eye focus on it.

    Why is it important?
    People will like and admire your art and make the photo pop.

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  29. justin downs

    Justin downs p.6

    What is the rule of thirds? Separating a photo in 9 sections and placing the emphasized subject or object on one of the 2 vertical lines
    How can you tell if you are doing it correctly? If the subject is centered on one of the 2 vertical lines
    What does the rule of thirds do to an image? It makes the image more balanced.
    Why is it important? To make your photo look more natural than others.

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  30. Jamie

    Jamie Stephenson
    Period: 6
    Rule of thirds is the 3*3 square for the best view of the image. By two line going through it complete. It caught your interests. Helps that person look caught there interest right that moment.

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  31. lacy clark

    Lacy Clark
    P.6

    What is the rule of thirds?
    It is well known as the principle of photographic

    How can you tell if you are doing it correctly?
    The theory is that if you place points of interest in the intersections or along the lines that your photo becomes more balanced and will enable a viewer of the image to interact with it more naturally.

    What does the rule of thirds do to an image?
    It shows its natural way of viewing an image rather than working against it.
    Why is it important?
    Because it has a great impact on you photo

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  32. Noah Cruz

    Noah Cruz
    period 6

    The rule of thirds is a strategy used by photographers, where the photo is divided up into nine even parts. The points where the lines intersect are where the rule suggests your main focus of the image should be. You are doing it correctly if the intersecting lines cross where your focus is, or if your main focus isn’t centered. The rule of thirds adds extra interest to the image, and is important to create photos that are artistically set up.

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  33. Oscar Barajas

    The rule of thirds is a photographic composition technique used by many photographers. Placing a point of interest in which the hypothetical lines intersect allows for the photographer to draw the audiences attention to a certain spot in the photo; it also allows for an aesthetically pleasing photo to be taken. One can tell if they are doing it correctly by placing the model at either the left or right side of the picture and having them or a specific point of interest be on the hypothetical lines. The photographer gets a compositionally pleasing image and it also gives order and balance in the photo.
    Oscar_Barajas_Period 6

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  34. Haley Miller

    Haley MIller
    Per.6
    the rule of thirds is a principle of photographic composition, used to make nice balanced photos. yu can tell if you are using the rule of thirds correctly if the points intersect the subject of the photo. the rule of thirds makes the subject of the photo more deffenent witch is wehy its important.

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  35. Andrea Betea

    The rule of thirds is when you break an image into thirds both vertically and horizontally. How you can tell if you are doing it correctly is if the main part of the picture is on the side instead of in the center of the picture. What the rule of thirds does to an image is it makes it look natural. It is important because it makes the picute more balanced.

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  36. cody

    The rule of thirds is a technique based on four imaginary lines when taking a picture. Two lines are vertical, two are horizontal. Where these lines intersect is where you want to place the point of interest in the picture. The fact that these intersections are off center results in your eyes being drawn to that area. This point of interest can be at any of the four intersections.

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  37. edegante1@gmail.com

    Eric DeGante
    P.6

    The rule of thirds is a strategy used by photographers, where the photo is divided up into nine even parts. The points where the lines intersect are where the rule suggests your main focus of the image should be. You are doing it correctly if the intersecting lines cross where your focus is, or if your main focus isn’t centered. The rule of thirds adds extra interest to the image, and is important to create photos that are artistically set up.

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  38. jacob green

    jacob green per 6

    the rule of thirds is when u brake a photo down in to 9 even parts you are doing it correctly if the intersecting lines cross where your focus is or if your mind focus isent.

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