Rule of Thirds (307/365)

by Lee Santiva November. 03, 2019 369 views
Rule of Thirds - black & white

Rule of Thirds - black & white

What did you see first? The white die on the black marker? or the black die on the white marker?

Most people will view from top to bottom then from left to right. The percentage of people who view a particular quadrant first*:

  • 41% - upper left quadrant
  • 25% - lower left quadrant
  • 20% - upper right quadrant
  • 14% - lower right quadrant

The most important composition aspect is to avoid having a "ping-pong" which causes the eye to go back-and-forth between two points of interest.

Photo #2 illustrates the counterpoint composition in the rule of thirds. The image's primary focal point is at the third's position and the secondary focal point is at the diagonally opposite thirds position. The downward facing flower allows your eye to "finish" and exit the photo.

Rule of thirds - counterpoint

Rule of thirds - counterpoint

*Source: https://designmodo.com/rule-thirds-grid-outline/ Unfortunately this source does not site the research behind the % distribution.

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Buster Bruce 1 year, 2 months ago

Clever! I went from top left to bottom right- dice drew my eyes first!

1 year, 2 months ago Edited
Lee Santiva Replied to Buster Bruce 1 year, 2 months ago

Thanks for commenting, it absolutely fascinating to heard how differently everyone has viewed the grid! And its all different from what the researchers have said.
So… the philosophical question: is there really a rule to follow in the rule of thirds?

1 year, 2 months ago Edited
Berckmans Peter 1 year, 2 months ago

Well I was drawn in by the small cross in the middle ( centre ). I know I have a strange way looking at photos.From there I went to the left side.The flowers have such nice warm colors.

1 year, 2 months ago Edited
Lee Santiva Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 year, 2 months ago

That very interesting that you first went to the middle! I‘ve never heard of that before. Thanks for the compliment on the flowers they grow in my neighbor‘s garden

1 year, 2 months ago Edited
Russell Smith 1 year, 2 months ago

#1 Honestly the first thing I saw was the Go board then I saw both dice. I think it is because while I suck at go I love the game.
#2 I love the colors in this shot :)

1 year, 2 months ago Edited
Lee Santiva Replied to Russell Smith 1 year, 2 months ago

That‘s really interesting! I don‘t know the game GO. The board is part of a 16 piece travel game set. Thanks for commenting!

1 year, 2 months ago Edited
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