The Rule of Thirds is one of the biggest rules of professional photographers. It's a simple tip that will help keep your photos interesting. One mistake beginner photographers make is trying to center everything. When you look into your lens, try imaging the scene in thirds. Then place the subject or subjects anywhere where the lines intersect.

Take a look at Kodak's Example for even more examples of The Rule of Thirds.

lake wauberg

This is a photo I took Spring 2007 at Lake Wauberg in Gainesville nearing sunset. If you imagine the photo divided into thirds horizontally and vertically, the bird and the boat are on different intersections of the "thirds."


In this photo the main butterfly occupies the intersection of the top third and right third of the photo. The branch and the background butterfly add interest to the rest of the photo.