THIRDS, THE FUNDAMENTAL RULE

There are many rules in photography, the “Rule Of Thirds” is one of the most fundamental. Not so much a rule as a guideline. Something to aid us in organizing the elements in a photo. The rule cannot be applied to all photo situations but in certain compositions you may find it helpful in making your image more successful.

Visually divide the frame into thirds a grid if you will, nine small areas (see photo below). Where these lines intersect are sometime called “power points”, I prefer to call them “points of emphisis”. There are four of these points (indicated in red). Your subject should be placed along one of these points for emphasis. You can also use these points as boundries for foreground, middleground, and background.

Again the rule of thirds doesn’t apply to all photgraphic situations, you’ll have to decide when to use it. As a compositional tool, the rule of thirds can make your photographs more successful and artistic.

THIRDS, THE FUNDAMENTAL RULE

Chuck Wickham

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