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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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.

April 22, 2007 11:52 am

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.

April 22, 2007 12:46 pm

Rule of thirds 2.0… that’s brilliant, I might have to steal that.

April 22, 2007 5:20 pm

Well, I thought it was time for a change. So why not go with the 2.0 flow?

April 22, 2007 5:39 pm

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?

April 23, 2007 6:19 am

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.

April 23, 2007 7:24 am

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