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Snapping Good Pictures: Use Rule of Thirds

Rule of Thirds guides you toward capturing the best photo

It’s not my rule, but I’ve heard it a hundred times since I first picked up a camera. If you haven’t heard about using this rule to capture the “true essence” of the photo, you can find out more from digital photography pro, Darren Rowse.  I was looking through his blog, Digital Photography School, and ran across this post which I’d like to share with you. Just might help you snap better pictures!

rule-of-thirdsPerhaps the most well know principle of photographic composition is the ‘Rule of Thirds‘.

The “Rule of Thirds” one of the first things that budding digital photographers learn about in classes on photography and rightly so as it is the basis for well balanced and interesting shots.

I will say right up front however that rules are meant to be broken and ignoring this one doesn’t mean your images are necessarily unbalanced or uninteresting. However a wise person once told me that if you intend to break a rule you should always learn it first to make sure your breaking of it is all the more effective!

What is the Rule of Thirds?

The basic principle behind the rule of thirds is to imagine breaking an image down into thirds (both horizontally and vertically) so that you have 9 parts. As follows.

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  • by rein
    Posted March 8, 2010 11:21 am 0Likes

    rule of thirds huh, i’ve never heard of it. not weird cuz i’m just a photography amateur or rather i just own a camera haha.

    anyway, it’s good to read about this, i’m googling it right now.


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