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The Rule of 3rds





The rule of thirds is a compositional rule of thumb in visual arts such as photography and other graphic and art design fields. The rule states that an image should be imagined as divided into nine equal parts by two equally-spaced horizontal lines and two equally-spaced vertical lines, and that important compositional elements should be placed along these lines or their intersections. The technique that aligns a subject with these points creates more tension, energy and interest in the composition than simply centering the subject would.
The photograph (right) demonstrates the application of the rule of thirds. The horizon formed by the tree top sits at the horizontal line dividing the lower third of the photo from the upper two-thirds. The bird'shead is at the intersection of two lines, sometimes called a power point. Points of interest in the photo don't have to actually touch one of these lines to take advantage of the rule of thirds. For example, the brightest part of the crowd does not fall directly on one of the lines, but close enough to take advantage of the rule.





Do you want to know more?
Here is a 6 minute video on the Golden Mean which is what the Rule of 3rds is distilled from.





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