1. Fill the frame: “Filling the frame is really interesting — when there are parts of an image that aren’t necessarily fully in the frame or when there’s a subject that’s very much in the foreground of the frame,” art director and photographer Alex Str says. “I think those are areas where you can really throw the rule of thirds away. For example, I’ve transitioned lately to portraits of people that are perfectly centred.”
2. Pull back from your subject: “If your subject is going to be a really small part of the image,” photographer Derek Boyd suggests, “sometimes the best way to highlight them is to break the rule of thirds and put them almost dead centre in the image.”
3. Try a different composition style: “Composing a photo in the shape of the letter Z creates a really nice flow because it’s how you naturally read a page,” photographer Sarah Aagesen explains. “The thought is that this draws you from left to right and then down through the image and then back again.”
4. Take multiple shots: “Take a shot with your subject dead centre, take one with them in the upper-right and one with them in the upper left,” Boyd suggests. “Even if you think you got it in the first shot, you should always take two or three more. You can pick which one works better later.”
Don’t worry, you can always fix it in post.
Getting the shot you want with the camera is ideal. It gives you more visual information on the scene. After the shoot is over, you can’t go back and recapture the exact same moment. But thankfully, with technology, you can always edit for a rule-of-thirds composition after the fact.