Using the Rule of Thirds in your photography is a quick and easy way to immediately make your images more compelling. It is used not only in photography but filmmaking, art, and design as well. In fact, once you train your eye to see it, you'll start to see it everywhere. Just watch a TV show or movie, you'll see the filmmaker framing up the subject using the rule of thirds all the time.
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What is the "rule of thirds?"
Think of your photo as a grid with two horizontal lines dividing it into thirds, and two vertical lines dividing it into thirds. You'll end up with nine boxes. At each point of intersection, you can place an important part of the photo to make the photo more dynamic and give it more visual appeal.
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RULES ARE MEANT TO BE BROKEN!
Now that you know the rules, you can break them. But break them INTENTIONALLY! Not just because you don't know any better. Do you ALWAYS need to use the rule of thirds? Of course not! Some photos have a really lovely balance when centered. Knowing how to recognize what would look better centered vs. not comes with practice and critique. Like anything, it is the ONLY way to get better.
Now that you understand the rule of thirds, see how you can move your viewers eye around the photo using the compositional technique called "leading lines."
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Andrea started The Big Girl School because she loves sharing her passion of photography with other women. As a former trainer at Microsoft and current professional photographer, she has the unique ability to break down technical jargon of the camera into easy to understand language. She loves nothing more than to see her students grow and thrive in their photographic journey.
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