The New Rule Of Thirds

So here’s a little weekend humor for ya. I saw this on Adult Swim the other night — I forget the context, but it didn’t have anything to do with photography. Naturally, as a photographer, I couldn’t help but relate it to the widely-known rule of thirds. So here’s my suggestion for the next-gen rule of thirds, or thirds 2.0 if you will.

  1. 1/3 Is Good
  2. 1/3 Is Crap
  3. 1/3 Doesn’t Matter

That’s it. No more trying to line things up on the 1/3 marks within the frame. Nobody follows that garbage anymore. Next time you’re out shooting, fill the frame with 1/3 good stuff, 1/3 crap (not literally), and 1/3 that doesn’t matter.

Let me know how that works out for you.

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a photography enthusiast from North Idaho. He's also the guy behind the Epic Edits Weblog. As a hobbyist photographer since 2003, his passion has been to constantly improve his photography skill set, to share his own knowledge with others, and to become an integral part of the photographic community.

6 thoughts on “The New Rule Of Thirds

  1. Jenni

    Great, you do a post on how the 1/3 rule doesn’t apply anymore and I do one on copping where I used it two times….

    Generally I’m with you in thinking that way. If you follow it in every photo it looses its appeal but sometimes it can give you an interesting result.

  2. Brian Auer Post author

    LOL Jenni. The REAL rule of thirds is still a useful tool, but you’re right in that you shouldn’t necessarily follow it for every photo. It’s more of a guideline for creating compositions that draw the eye to points of interest.

  3. Lau

    Hahaha, funny :)
    But what if there is nothing out there that fits the 1/3 Crap ? ;)
    How about 1/3 Good and 2/3 Doesn’t Matter?

  4. Brian Auer Post author

    Lau, I’m not sure if it will have the same impact if you replace 1/3 crap with another 1/3 doesn’t matter. You could give it a try, but there’s no telling how well it will work.

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