Apparently I’ve got the “rule of thirds” wrong all this time.
When I first got interested in photography some 15 years ago, I borrowed books on photography at the library. I don’t remember much about what I read except that one of the basic principles of good photo composition is the “rule of thirds“. Another guideline was to have the subject off-centre in the picture.
Since then, I would often mentally divide the frame into thirds and place the subject in the centre of one of the nine sections except for the square in the middle. I just realised that this is not exactly what the “rule of thirds” means.
How did I end up with such an idea for framing my pictures? Beats me.
Anyhow, rules are made to be broken. The “rule of thirds” serves as a general guide, not something that must be adhered to. As AB said, it would be boring if everyone took photos in the same manner. What do you think?