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The Rule of Three to add Impact





Three is a powerful number when it comes to visual compositions such as a photograph. I’m not talking about the classic rule of thirds, but the less mainstream “Rule of Three” — a powerful composition guideline that can add a tremendous amount of visual impact to your photos when used in conjunction with other design elements.

Take a look at the photo to the right. How many Buddha do you see? This photo is a fairly obvious example of the rule of three — there are three status in the shot. but it would certainly have less impact if there were two or four rather than three. Three similar items will create a triangle which is one of the most powerful visual elements in art.

Our eye, as you learned in the previous lesson tries at an unconscious level to simplify complex objects into more simple shapes. Three objects suggest a line or a triangle or an ellipsis.









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