9. Beyond the Rule of Thirds

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A Brief History, Some Psychology, and Positive and Negative Space

By David Brommer

I have a wonderful job. Aside from living a life of photography, I run a seminar program where I get to work with legendary photographers and also create photo programs. Lots of people show me their work, and I notice a recurring issue: They cut the scene in half. This is considered a cardinal sin in the world of photographic composition. And the more I look, the more base compositional problems I begin to notice. So I’ve done what any decent, self-respecting, photo guru would do—I created a program called, “Better Photographic ...

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