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The rule of thirds

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The rule of thirds

The rule of thirds involves mentally dividing up your image using 2 horizontal lines and 2 vertical lines, as shown below. You then position the important elements in your scene along those lines, or at the points where they meet. A rule of thirds grid.

The Rule of Thirds

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Very rarely in photography, you come across a basic rule that can transform your images into something more pleasing to the eye overnight, but the rule of thirds will certainly help, along with Leading Lines which I will cover if my next post.

Now I'm not saying you don't have to go out and take many trial and error photographs before things come together, you definitely do but this rule will certainly help you understand the basics of a more pleasing composition.

The old video below by Mike Browne is how I first learned about the rule of thirds, well worth a watch if you want to improve how you compose a photograph.

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