Photo Composition – {The Rule of Thirds}

Many pictures we take have the subject in front and center of the photo, because, hey- they’re the subject!! This approach works, but there are other creative ways to go about it.

The Rule of Thirds (ROT) is a basic composition rule, where a picture is divided into three horizontally and vertically (so three columns and three rows).  It is more pleasing to see the subject in one of the boxes created by the rule of thirds. You can also place the horizon on the upper or bottom line, or a point of interest (example: tree) or subject on one of the vertical lines, not just in the boxes.

So instead of putting the subject dead center, try putting them in the middle left, or top right!  Experiment with using the ROT guide to compose your next subject and see if you agree that it is more pleasing to the eye.

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