Rule of Thirds

The rule of thirds is an important photography technique but it is more important when it comes to food and food photography.
Where food is concerned, it is though that an odd number displayed looks much more appetising than an even number.
DON’T: Put an even number of items on a plate
Having an odd number of foods (three is best) on a plate gives the dish visual tension, making it exciting to look at. Even numbers look too geometrically static and staid. So, five scallops rather than four. Steak, mashed potatoes, and green beans, with a separate plate for the salad.”

Nicole s. Young – “Food Photography: From Snapshops to Great Shots” suggests that the technique of using the rule of thirds in food photography is by making the main focal point of food a third of the way in “One way to balance an image is to position a main focal point on a “third-line” in the frame”.


  • Nicole S. Young, (2012) Berkeley “Food Photography From Snapshots to Great Shots”

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