As we get stuck into a fresh new year, we wanted our first monthly theme to be something that every 365er can have fun with!

One of the most simple, yet effective, ways improve your photography skills is to work on composition, with one of the most popular techniques being the “Rule of Thirds”. Whether you’re focusing on portraits, landscapes, macro or everything in between, it’s a great theme to apply to almost any style of photography!

While it might seem intuitive to center your image, it’s thought that off-centering can be more pleasing on the eye. It allows us to use negative space to emphasis a subject or break down an image in a way that a viewer's eyes will be lead through different focal points.

To get started you simply need to imagine four lines creating an even 9-cell grid over your photo - some cameras and smartphones will have this feature already - then aiming to line up the focal point of your shot with one of the four points where the lines cross.

How to enter this month’s theme

When uploading your photos use the tag section (on the edit/organise screen) and insert this week's theme tag: theme-thirds.

Entry Guidelines: Photos must be your own and must have been taken and uploaded from Tuesday 1st January until the following Thursday 31st January. 5 finalists will be chosen in the first couple days of February, then you get to vote for the winner in the following month!

365 Inspiration

To demonstrate how versatile the rule of thirds is, we’ve pulled together some top examples from your photos on 365 Project:

@emrob has kicked off this year’s 365 project with their furry friend Maggie - see how they’ve lined up her nose in the bottom right corner, with her eyes either side of the top right corner.

@koalagardens has captured thise sweet little bird with classic composition - note how the bird is also facing towards the negative space!

@cathrinemitch really emphasizes how isolated this old wooden barn is. As it sits among the corn fields, we can’t help but wonder if anything lurks in there.

@dmcoile has captured the magic, and majestic size, of the golden autumn woodlands with this simple but well-composed shot.

Even in a busier scene, @jborrases has worked with the pop of colour in the woman's cardigan to anchor our attention on the people, making us wonder about what they can see up above.

For similar themes in the past, we’ve also shared this super helpful post by, Photography Mad. If you're still getting to grips with some of the basics they have some great examples of different subjects to give you extra inspiration.

Finally - have fun! We can't wait to see your entries!

January 2nd, 2019
Sounds great but I notice that theme-thirds has been used before so already lots of photos
January 2nd, 2019
Thanks @kjarn - good spot! All is good though as Ross has developed a way for Admins to filter only entries within a given date range. Meanwhile, everyone gets access to more shots for more inspiration! :-)
January 2nd, 2019
A comment on your photos that you put into the blog posts. Would it be possible for you to ask permission to copy the photos to a permanent area when used in the blog so that when the user leaves the project, that the photo does not disappear, as they have done in many of the older "how tos"? Just a thought.
January 2nd, 2019
Thanks @byrdlip that's a great suggestion! It's something I've been thinking about but there are some pros/cons to consider. Over the holidays I went through and updated the lost images for blog posts that were more guide/tutorial focused (not weekly theme), so hopefully they'll provide a nicer read for users now :-)
January 2nd, 2019
Thank you @bilbaroo. I feel very honored about you used one of my photos to introduce monthly theme. :)
January 4th, 2019
Good pick! I like that idea. :p :)
January 4th, 2019
@kjarn I think that you forgot to backdate your photos so that’s why it doesn’t work.
January 9th, 2019
@bilbaroo Great idea to have a monthly theme.
I do hope we will see the winner of the weekly theme, though, of "holidays."
January 22nd, 2019
Hi @mittens - I'm excited to share the theme winner for the "holidays" theme! - apologies for the delay!
January 23rd, 2019
@kcobain101 backdate my photos?? I don’t know what you mean
January 28th, 2019
Can we enter multiple times, or just once?
January 29th, 2019
Hi @lsquared you can enter as many times you like :-) When choosing 5 finalists we do make sure the images are from different users though.
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