The Rule of Thirds

The Rule of Thirds

     The Rule of Thirds is perhaps the most basic “Rule” in photography. It is very simple and I will explain it in this post.

     The Rule of Thirds simply states:

     In all photos, with the exception of full frame photos, the subject should be placed in the center of the photo. Although the subject should not be in the direct center, instead the subject should be slightly toward the sides and/or top or bottom of the photo.

Image       In the Photo above the subject is either the clouds or the mountain. Following the Rule of Thirds tells us that because, the clouds are in the center and are slightly above the mountain, they are in the upper third of the photo. Therefore, the clouds are the main subject in the photo. While the mountain may be in the middle, following The Rule of Thirds tells us that it should/is not the subject.

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