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Basic Photography Lessons, Rule of Thirds


The Rule Of Thirds is based on the fact that the eye is naturally drawn to a point about two thirds up a page. This is basically a quick and easier variation of the Golden Section Rule. Instead of using the Golden ratio, the picture is divided into 9 equal sections by 2 horizontal and 2 vertical lines.

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In the same way as in the Golden Section Rule, the subject or the most significant parts of your photograph is positioned along any of these lines preferrably in the points where the lines intersect.

This gives practically the same basic effect since this positions are very near the positions in a Golden Section. Many photographers use the Rule of Thirds because it is much easier even for amateurs to determine or estimate and a lot of cameras nowadays are already equipped with grid lines that fall on the same places as the lines used here.