One of the fundamental composition techniques that everyone needs to understand is the Rule of Thirds.

Our student Nick Painter has made good use of the technique when composing this image.

In broad terms The Rule of Thirds is a set of guidelines which help  photographers place a subject in their image in a way that’s pleasing to the viewer. If you can imagine a grid laid over your image featuring  two vertical lines breaking the image into thirds vertically, plus two horizontal lines breaking the image into thirds horizontally.  You then position the important elements in your scene along those lines, or at the points where they meet.The idea is that an off-centre composition is more pleasing to the eye and looks more natural than one where the subject is placed right in the middle of the frame.

This is a simple overview of this technique and we cover it in more detail in our online photography courses.

So now getting back to this great image by Nick, it features a boat moored on Canton Beach on the Central Coast of NSW.   As well as good use of the rule of thirds, the way the sunset, reflections and shadows have been managed  help produce a wonderful shot.

Good job Nick and thanks for letting us share your image.