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Tips & Tutorials >> All Tips & Tutorials In Focus: Basic Photography Concepts- Part1

How to Use Rule of Thirds and the Golden Ratio in Photography


Utilising the Rule of Thirds or the Golden Ratio can work wonders for your image compositions of static subjects. But what about the unpredictability of fireworks? Check out this infographic below for set-up tips and how you can incorporate composition rules to amp up your firework photography’s aesthetics. 

Set Up

Before going into the technicalities of composition, the basic key to capturing fireworks is to have an early set up. Remember to bring your tripod and take sample shots before the firework show to ensure that you have a good frame.

As you can’t predict the placement of the fireworks, be sure to adjust your camera to take a wider-angled shot. Make sure to leave ample space in your upper frame to avoid any cutouts of the fireworks as well. Test it out with hand-held sample shots before fixing your camera into the tripod.


The Rule of Thirds and the Golden Ratio are composition techniques made to suit the natural movement of the human eye. As we often scan images and text from left to right due to how we read (vice-versa for individuals that write right to left), having subjects distributed in asymmetrical positions allow the human eye to seek out information without any disruptions. This comfort level determines the eye-pleasing quality of an image.

Think you have mastered or are already well-aware of the two composition rules? Here are more in-depth composition techniques you can attempt to better your photography skills: 

Professional Composition Techniques: Visual guidance, Unexpectedness and Subtraction
Professional Composition Techniques: Pattern, Rhythm, and S-Curve

Grab a copy of this useful cheatsheet and nail your photo composition everytime!

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