Rather, the rule of thirds needs to die a fast and painful death for all the damage it has done to the art and photography world.
The rule of thirds is probably the first compositional rule you will learn but sadly, it is also a terrible rule. I can personally confess to this. The damage learning this easy rule has done cannot be overstated. It haunts my images to this very day and I just cannot seem to get rid of it. I first learned about this rule through different YouTube videos on photographic composition. In different “top five” videos, everyone seemed to agree this is the first rule to learn. Most people did point out “learn the rules as for you to break them.” I guess that was an easy disclaimer. This also goes to show how YouTube really is the Wild West when it comes to information, where everyone just copies everyone and repeats the same “mistakes” without actually diving into the theory, history, or background of a given subject before releasing it to millions of viewers.
In the above video, Photographer Tavis Leaf Glover explains 10 myths about the rule of thirds. When I first saw this video, everything changed in how I understood composition. In my opinion, it is probably the most important video on YouTube for any one beginner in photography who wants to learn about composition and his book is very worth checking out too.
I have rewatched it several times and it is always a good reminder. Check it out and let me hear your thoughts in the comments. Did you learn something new?