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Rule of Thirds

The "Rule of Thirds" is one of the most basic composition tips for beginner and experienced photographers. Wether you use your smartphone, DSL camera, or any other cameras, this rule makes for a pleasing image to your eyes. Creating interest, and moving your eye around the image.

By creating a grid either by your imagination, or some cameras have the grid option available, place your subject at one of the 4 cross hairs on the grid of 9 blocks. I like to refer to the grid as an imaginary tic-tac-toe board. You can even crop your image in post processing to achieve this effect.

Try taking a photo of an object, placing it in the center of the frame. Repeat the same photo as before, but this time placing it on one of the cross hairs. Which image is more interesting. 9 times out of 10 the image that has the "Rule of Thirds" applied to it will be the image that is pleasing to the eye.

As with all rules.... rules are made to be broken, not all images in the center are non-pleasing to the eye. Below is an image that has the grid. Notice the cats pupil is just on the cross hair in the grid. This image would not be as interesting or pleasing to the eye if the pupil was placed in the center.

Now try this tip with your next image. If you have questions or comments, please e-mail us at

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