How to use the rule of thirds in photography
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How to use the rule of thirds in photography

Good photography isn’t only about your camera. You also need a good view, technical skill, and practice. The photographic composition can make your photography great. The composition is the backbone of good photography. Every object in your shot makes a good balance in your image.

If you’re new to photography, you may be trying to understand the Rule of Thirds. The Rule of Thirds is perhaps the most well-known ‘rule’ of photographic composition. One of the most popular ways to compose your photographs is to use the “Rule of Thirds”.

What is the Rule of Thirds?
The rule of thirds is one of the most popular composition and it’s very easy to understand. Divide your images into thirds vertically and horizontally before shooting. You can use the built-in grid line tool in your DSLR and mobile camera. Using two horizontal and two vertical lines spaced evenly across your photograph. This creates a tic-tac-toe pattern, as shown in the image below.

The four lines will intersect at four points. These are the points where your point of interest should be. Your subjects don’t have to match the lines or intersecting points perfectly. Just position them close to the guide points or lines laid out by the rule.

The key element of the image is placed on or near the ‘hot spots’. For example, if you are shooting a portrait, make sure the eyes of your subject are near any one of the intersection.

Editing software like photoshop and lightroom also have built-in overlays that allow you to apply the rule of thirds to existing photographs. The Rule of Thirds is not so much a rule as it is a guideline to keep in mind when you are taking photos.

Overall, using the rule of thirds will help you achieve more aesthetically pleasing compositions. It’s important that you don’t overthink when using this rule.

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