How does the rule of thirds work?
Artists and photographers use the rule of thirds to enhance their compositions, because it really works. But how? If you place your main subject in the middle of the frame, it will appear static – you create empty surrounding space that is rarely interesting. By using the rule of thirds, however, you use the space more effectively and draw the eye through the image. Use the rule of thirds to divide the sky and the ground, and you’ll find the ratio of light (sky) and dark (ground) is more effective. Generally, this comes down to the fact that we don’t like to view things in equal measures. But rules are, of course, made to be broken, so experiment with composition and see what works for you in any given scene.