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The Enthusiast's Guide to Composition by Khara Plicanic

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2. CONSIDER THE RULE OF THIRDS

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THE RULE OF THIRDS is easily the most well-known concept pertaining to composition. In fact, even if you’ve never knowingly bumped into it before, chances are it’s long been quietly nudging you toward better photos—from right inside your camera.

Take a look at Figure 2.1. Does it look familiar? It isn’t a random quirk of your camera’s manufacturer; it’s your camera’s way of helping you improve your compositions by dividing the frame into thirds, both vertically and horizontally. Many cameras overlay this grid onto your viewing window (or LCD screen) by default, while other cameras generally provide the grid as an ...

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