Photo Tip: the rule of thirds
One of the most well-known rules in photography that gets covered regularly is the rule of thirds. This concept is also well-known in art circles because of the composition elements that are universal in theory and application of the rules to basic composition. Generally, the rule of thirds states that in any particular composition, the canvas or composition is broken down into nine equal sections and two lines spaced equally horizontal and another set of two lines placed vertical in equal length. The main focus or image should be placed on one of the lines or intersection points to create more energy, tension and interest instead of placing your subject straight in the middle of the layout and equally dividing the composition in half.
Keeping the rule of thirds in mind when you photograph an image is a great way to pre-visualize the real outcome of your composition prior to it being post processed with software. Depending on your subject, you may want have enough open space that your subject is viewing or directing their gaze at versus cutting off any views that your subject is looking into.
Even though these are a general guideline, there are no set rules and breaking the rules is fine if your subject is dynamic, interesting and looks great in any composition. The main point is to keep this rule in mind, experiment and enjoy the process while you focus on your subject and place it into the most flattering composition that works best for you.
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