The rule of thirds (more of a guideline
, really) is a basic rule applying to shot composition
-- both still
). It is supposed
to make your shots
, and works like so
two horizontal lines
dividing the image into equal thirds
, and then two vertical lines
dividing the image
into equal thirds
. This, as you should now
, gives you an image with nine squares
The rule says that the more interesting locations to place objects in your shot are at the intersections of the lines. For instance, if you're taking a closeup of one person, and nothing else, you should put their eyes on the first horizontal line, with each eye on one of the two vertical lines, putting their eyes a third of the way up and a third of the way from each side of the frame.
However, like any rule, it is meant to be broken. Since it is a "rule" applying to something artistic and creative, by all means, break it if you feel so inclined. It just gives you a reasonable starting point for your shot.