The Rule of Thirds Explained and When to Use It – Free Quick Guide

The Rule of Thirds is one of the most frequently used and fundamental basic rules in photography composition. It is the first composition rule that photographers learn about – but it is sometimes misunderstood and misused.

In this guide, we will look at the Rule of Thirds in detail and then show you how to use it to its best effect.

We will also examine some opportunities for breaking the Rule of Thirds!

Here’s what will be discussed:

  • What is the Rule of Thirds?
  • When should you use the Rule of Thirds?
  • How to use leading lines and negative space in conjunction with the Rule of Thirds
  • When should you break the Rule of Thirds?

You often hear that you should be using the Rule of Thirds. But how often have you heard why and when you should ignore the rule?

Get your answers right here.

Photo Credit: Kalen Emsley

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