It is the most ubiquitous rule in all of photography. The rule of thirds can be applied to virtually any type of photo, from a portrait to a landscape to a street scene. What’s more, the rule is more easily applied today than ever before – most cameras have a rule of thirds grid that can be engaged such that you can quickly and easily compose the shot.
But, though the rule of thirds is probably the first rule that new photographers learn, there isn’t much discussion of why it’s important to learn. There might be an understanding of how to use the rule of thirds, but no understanding of how it makes an image more compelling to view… More at PhotographyTalk.
Some of us presume that everyone understands the Rule of Thirds, but that’s not true. There is also more to it than many people realise.