Have you ever tried to take a quick photo that looks amazing? If so, you’ll know that it can be challenging to make it look beautiful before the editing process begins because of the lighting and focus. So, what do you do? Many people have found success by using the two-thirds rule. But there are a few ways to implement it to your iPhone photos to ensure a lovely composition that will have your tribe loving it. This post will tell you what you need to know to make a regular picture look better in seconds.

Where Did the Rule of Thirds Come Into Place?

Rule of thirds can be dated by to 1797 where John Thomas Smith wrote it into this book Remarks on Rural Society. Smith was an English painter, engraver and a fan of all things antique.  It’s pretty incredible to think that late 1700s was the beginning of the rule of two-thirds expansion and is still used today in the photography and graphic design world.

What is the Rule of Thirds?

It is all about breaking down the photo into three parts both in height and width. This visual will leave you with a total of 9 squares, that looks like a bigger version of tic-tac-toe.

So why does this rule matter?

Belief and theory of the rule are that if you were to place these objects in the intersections your photo balances out. It helps the person looking at your photo to be able to view the image more comfortably. Let’s look at these examples below and how the Rule of Thirds can apply to your everyday iPhone photography.

This one photo comes from a DSLR, but I thought this was a great example to show you guys! Here the small wreath is seen in the 2/3 of the photo. Your eyes naturally will be focused right on the object.

This one was an iPhone photo I took a while back and wanted to have the focus on the green juice. I wanted people to focus on the juice jar instead of the rest of my body here.

Another example of the two-thirds rule. Here I cropped the photo where the focus is on my mom’s face and our body. This photo has a significant focus on us within the picture.

Now the little guy (taken in DSLR) is almost in a 2/3 rule, but we will crop it.

Here he is now in focus but also in the 2/3 rule.

Here are the takeaways:

  • You can use the two-thirds rule with your iPhone.
  • Use the iPhone crop feature and make sure your reference line on the object.

Now that you know about the two-thirds rule and how to crop your photos to get to the two-thirds rule, you’re ready to take pictures with your iPhone without worrying that your photo composition is not appealing.

Ready to put it into action? Let me know how you apply this rule to your photos.

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