Shutter Speed: The Rule of Thirds

When I found out about this little trick a few years ago, I was blown away. How had I not learnt about this sooner? It changed the way I looked at taking photographs and the way I viewed others.
The following explanation comes from Digital Photography School. So without further a do…

What is the “Rule of Thirds?”
The rule of thirds is a technique used by photographers to create balance and composition.

The view is divided up into 9 squares. 2 vertical lines, 2 horizontal lines. These lines break the image up into thirds.


The idea is to place a horizontal line, like the horizon, on a horizontal line on the grid. This can be the top or bottom one, depending on what you think looks better, or what you are wanting to capture.

The same principle applied for vertical lines.

Don’t freak out, you can take the rule a step further.
See where the lines intersect? These are called “Power Points” You can place your subject on one of these intersections. This naturally draws the eye to the subject. The majority of people are more inclined to focus on the top left point, FYI!
This is what I mean….

The shell in on the bottom left power point, drawing you eye towards it. Just makes the photo look more… professional, don’t you think? Also, the horizon is roughly on the top third line, adding to the composition of the photo.

This principle is also important in post production. For example, when I upload my photos to Instagram, I follow this principle. Similarly, when I am editing on my computer, and cropping, this principle is invaluable.

All photo apps that I use have the option to have this grid on the screen. Have a look in the settings of the app!

Don’t forget, rules are meant to be broken. Some stunning photos have been captured by breaking the rules.

My rule of thumb, is take a heap of photos, and take your time. I take photos and use all of the lines and power points to try get the best looking photo.  Don’t worry if they don’t look right on your phone… you would be surprised what you can do when you get home to edit them! I love the crop tool!

This is just one of the many photography tips I have learned, and will be sharing. Next time you take a photo, pause and remember this fancy little trick!

Do you have any photography tips that you want to share? Or any you want to learn how to do? Let me know in the comments and I will endeavor to try them our and deliver my verdict!

Happy Snapping!

XO Kate


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I take photos with my iPhone…. who doesn’t, right?
I enjoy it and love learning new tips and tricks to enhance my photos. I am trying to broaden my extracurricular activities, outside of my study that I can participate in… I am a book worm and can get sucked in and not leave my house all day. Therefore, I want to try take more photos and get out of the house more often.

I have created a Tumblr account recently, where I post my photos and inspiration that I find along the way.
If you know of any photographers or have any photos that you want to share, leave the link in the comments and I will check them out!

In the mean time, here is the link to mine!


XO Kate