Rule of Thirds. By Marc Long. Creating A Great Shot. One of the more important principles of photographic composition is the ‘Rule of Thirds‘. It is the basis for capturing well balanced and interesting shots. Digital Photography School. The Basic Principle.
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Rule of Thirds
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The basic principle behind the rule of thirds is to imagine breaking an image down into thirds by drawing both horizontally and vertically lines so that you have 9 equal parts.
As you’re taking a photo use your viewfinder or the LCD display and imagine the above grid as you frame your subject.
With this grid in mind the ‘rule of thirds’ helps you identify four important points in your image.
Studies show the human eye is drawn to the points of intersection.
As you frame your subject for the photo consider placing a key component of the subject at a point where the lines intersect.
The light house is the primary focal point for the human eye.
The vertical line on the left is used to place the subject.
The rule of thirds is easy to apply to landscape pictures.
Most cameras have a setting where grid lines appear in the view finder or LCD display.
Tip: Using the eye level view finder will produce better pictures. Pictures taken with the LCD screen means holding the camera away from the body increasing the likelihood of camera movement.