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The Rule of Thirds

The Rule of Thirds is one of the most widely used rules of photographic composition. By dividing your field of view into thirds horizontally and vertically, you create four points of intersection. Placing your main subject on or near those points of intersection should produce a more visually interesting image, as these are the points where a viewer's eyes naturally rest. If you have secondary subjects, they should also be placed on one of the intersection points. By using the Rule of Thirds when composing your images, you can lead the viewer's eyes around the photo and avoid having them stop dead on a subject placed in the center.

For example, consider the two shots in Figure A. The first shot has the subject dead center and, as a result, the picture isn't that interesting. Simply changing the camera position and reframing the shot to apply the Rule of Thirds creates a more interesting shot.


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