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  • Writer's pictureIan Miller

Rule of Thirds

The Rule of Thirds is a fundamental principle in visual arts that applies to the composition of images, whether they're photographs, paintings, or designs. It suggests that an image should be divided into nine equal segments by two equally spaced horizontal lines and two equally spaced vertical lines. By placing the important compositional elements along these lines or at their intersections, artists can achieve a more balanced and engaging piece. This technique encourages viewers' eyes to move across the image and focus on the elements of interest rather than just the center. While it's a widely accepted guideline, it's also important to remember that it's not a strict rule. Many artists choose to break it to create a particular effect or convey a certain message. However, for those starting in photography or art, adhering to the Rule of Thirds can be a helpful tool to enhance the visual appeal of their compositions.





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