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Rule of thirds composition

Posted by Merco_61, 26 August 2016 · 1,611 views

Explaining the rule of thirds will be difficult to do without going into a wall of text mode, but I will try.

Centered subject can work if you want to accentuate symmetry and tranquility but the composition lacks tension.
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If you divide the photo into three parts both horizontally and vertically you get intersections between these lines that we call points of interest.
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If you reframe so that the interesting part in the frame lands on one of these points of interest, you will create tension in the photo.
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This leads to our little bird not just sitting there feeling sorry for himself, but instead he is a bird on his way somewhere.
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Tilted horizons is a phase we all go through. It must be tilted enough, so that it looks deliberate and not a mistake. It must be used sparingly as overuse makes the collection of photos look contrived and –Look at me! I think everybody overdoes it for a while, but it can work to get the interest of the viewer if there are only one or two in a collection or slideshow.

This was originally a post in the forum thread: What should camera see?

Tilted horizons are typically a no-no for sports, but I agree that when used sparingly and carefully it can add some pop to the right image.

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