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Rule of Thirds

Here’s a really important tip: Rather than always placing your main subject in the middle of the shot try placing it to one side and  make sure something interesting is in the background to fill the rest of the image.

The Rule of Thirds

Rule of Thirds is a simple rule that can add impact to your pictures.

Simply, divide the image into thirds both horizontally and vertically. When composing your shot, place important elements either along these lines, or where the lines intersect – NOT at the centre of the frame.

For example, place a subject’s eyes where the top line is, or place your subject eye on the place in the image where two of these lines intersect as shown in our image of a kitten.

It’s a very simple rule to follow and will result in a nicely balanced, easy on the eye picture. It also helps you to think about how you want your image to look relative to the edges of the frame instead of having a tiny subject in a large amount of space .

Having said this, the Rule of Thirds is also one of the rules you’ll want to break often! This is fine – the Rule of Thirds is more of a guideline and sometimes you will find a better image when you break the rule.

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