Weekly Photography Assignment: Rule of Thirds

Each week we’ll be giving you a theme that you can submit a photo for, and we’ll choose our two favourites to be featured on the Nature TTL website. Participating in these assignments will be a great way for you to force yourself to push the boundaries of your photography and improve together as a community on the website.

Week 15: Rule of Thirds

Our theme this week is Rule of Thirds. Try using the rule of thirds in your photography – whether that is landscapes, wildlife or something else in nature. This is the most basic compositional guideline, and one that can help balance a photo greatly. Here’s the definition:

“An image should be imagined as divided into nine equal parts by two equally spaced horizontal lines and two equally spaced vertical lines, and that important compositional elements should be placed along these lines or their intersections. Proponents of the technique claim that aligning a subject with these points creates more tension, energy and interest in the composition than simply centering the subject.”

For some guidance, have a read of the following tutorials about composition:

Last Week’s Favourites

Here are two of our favourites from last week’s theme, Freestyle. You can view all of the entries here.

Photo by Russ Heim
Photo by Russ Heim

This image of a barred owl is my favourite for this week. I really like how the branches of the tree frame the bird, but also the surrounding leaves add an additional frame on top of that. Great work. My only comment? Perhaps try removing the fringing around the branches using Lightroom. There’s one easy adjustment to make.

Submit Your Photo

To enter your photo to this assignment, add it in the comments below this post. By submitting your photo, you are giving us permission to feature your photo the following week if it is chosen as one of our favourites.

weekly photo assignment
To enter your photo, look at the comments at the bottom of the page and press the ‘Upload Image’ button.

Here are some guidelines to keep things running smoothly:

  • Photos must be your own work
  • Please enter no more than 3 photos per week
  • Please only enter photos taken within the week of the assignment
  • Include a description with your photo and tell us a bit about it!

You have until next Tuesday, 7th March, to submit your photo.


Cascade by Gavin Duncan on 500px.com


At Peace by Kareem Alahdab on 500px.com


water testing by Ivan Starastin on 500px.com


Images embedded from 500px.com

Good luck!

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