The Rule of Thirds is the commonly used technique to achieve balance in your composition. If you divide your photo vertically and horizontally horizontally into a third, you get an evenly distributed grid. The sections where lines intersect are interesting places. These points are where you want to place your subject, parts of the image that you want to draw attention to, or show points of activity. You rarely use all four points - often one or two - but this ensures balance in your composition.

In addition, there is an order in which the human eye ends the points when you look at a photo. This is shown in the figure below.

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Rule of Thirds

Here you can see that the eye usually starts at the top left and then scans the image from top left to bottom right. If you take this into account, it is usually very pleasant for the viewer. In addition to the points, the lines are important. the horizon is often placed on the top or bottom line.

With most cameras you can place these guides in your viewfinder. This gives you a helping hand to put the composition in the viewfinder right away so that you at least have to crop your photo. In addition to the third-party rule, there are more (more complex) rules that you can use, but this is the most common.

Now that you know how this rule works, you can also deviate from this rule from those image ratios and you know why. For example, to make an alienating composition from very bad weather, you can place the horizon very low so that the photo is dominated by the dark clouds. There are still a few to think of. Below I show you a number of photos that meet the rule.

Compositie, Regel van Derden
Shoes On A Coffee Cup
Compositie, Regel van Derden
Popping Beginnings
Compositie, Regel van Derden
Look Up To See What’s Coming Down
Compositie, Regel van Derden
Laundry In The Attick
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