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The Rule of Thirds Made Easy

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The rule of thirds in photography is something useful to know because it will help improve your composition, however, that doesn’t mean that every shot from the camera should be taken using the rule of thirds.  The rule of thirds is easy to learn and I will keep it short and sweet for you.  You can think of the rule of thirds as an imaginary tic-tac-toe-board.

Tо understand thе rule оf thirds, imagine two equally spaced vertically lines аnd two equally spaced horizontal lines іn а rectangle, just like tic-tac-toe. Thе four areas whеrе thе lines intersect wіth each оthеr аrе thе points whеrе you ѕhоuld try tо place your subject.  Thеѕе аrе thе areas whеrе thе eye іѕ first compelled tо look аt (see yellow dots in the photo below). Try to image these lines while composing a shot.  Many of the cameras now have a grid display that will actually show the lines on the screen.

Try to get familiar with using the rule of thirds so you can improve your photography.  I do want to keep this as easy as possible so remember to draw an imaginary tic-tac-toe board while looking through the viewfinder (or use a grid display).  Experiment with getting your subject along those lines and at the intersecting points until you get the right composition.

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The yellow dots are the intersecting points where you should try to place your subject.


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