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iPhoto ’11: The Macintosh iLife Guide to using iPhoto with OS X Lion and iCloud by Jim Heid, Michael E. Cohen, Dennis R. Cohen

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Compose Carefully

Following a couple of rules of thumb can help you compose photos that are more visually pleasing.

First, there’s the age-old rule of thirds, in which you divide the image rectangle into thirds and place your photo’s subject at or near one of the intersections of the resulting grid.

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Place your photo’s subject at or near these intersections.

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This composition technique yields images that are more visually dynamic. The Crop tool in iPhoto’s edit view makes it easy to crop according to the rule of thirds (page 53).

A second technique ...

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