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05-09-07, 11:03 PM
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Rule Of Thirds Explained

What is the rule of thirds?

The rule of thirds is a concept which helps you produce aesthetically pleasing photographs. The idea is to place the main subject on a point or a line of interest.

When composing a photograph you need to ask yourself what you are looking to capture and identify what the main points of interest are. You then need to visualise a grid and attempt to place the main points of interest where the lines intersect. When shooting landscapes, ideally the horizon should fall on one of the horizontal lines.

Below are a couple of examples:





In the first example, the dogs are placed on the points where the lines intersect. In both photographs, the horizon is (roughly ) on one of the horizontal lines.

For more about composition and the rule of thirds, please see Composition in our Photography Basics guides.
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06-09-07, 12:37 AM
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Re: Rule Of Thirds Explained

Thanks GH! Added to the sticky list!
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17-05-11, 11:59 PM
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Re: Rule Of Thirds Explained

Thank you! I am new at photography and I have noticed that my camera has a grid button, so I don't have to pretend to see one! lol..it helps greatly!


     
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