Quick Tip: Embracing the Rule of Thirds

Rule of thirds

To quote one of my all time favorite photographers Rick Sammons “Dead center is deadly”. You may be asking what does “dead center is deadly” mean. Well I am glad you asked. If you were to divide your viewfinder up into a grid just like a tic-tac-toe board. The center square is where you don’t want the subject (there are exceptions to this rule, and I will get to that in another post.) You want to offset the important compositional elements along these lines or their intersections (as shown below). It is believed that by aligning a subject with these points creates more tension, energy and interest in the composition than simply centering the subject. The proper photography term is ” The Rule of Thirds” and is the rule of thumb in visual arts such as painting, photography and design.

Rule of thirds example

Rule of thirds example ©Ray Mabry

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