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The first picture below you can see with the Great Egret in the center of the picture your eyes go to the center and stay there.  Now roll over the picture and see how your eyes look at the whole picture when the Great Egret is not in the center of the picture.
Now roll over the next picture and see how I used one of the four interest points of the The Rule Of Thirds to put the Great Egret in.
Here are two more pictures where I used The Rule Of Thirds.
By now, the free-spirited and creative artist that you are is probably feeling a bit cramped by the seeming rigidity of this rule. However, all rules are bound to be broken sooner or later — and this one's no exception. It's time to unleash that inner rebel. That is, as long as it is for a good cause.











What Is The Rule Of Thirds

 If you talk to the average person about taken pictures,  you will hear the same things  "the sun should always be behind you and keep the subject in the center of your picture.

That's a good ideal if you are taking a portrait of one person in a studio,  but to make your pictures more interesting use The Rule of Thirds.

The basic principle behind The Rule of Thirds is to imagine breaking an image down into thirds  (both horizontally and vertically) so that you have 9 parts. With this grid in mind the ‘rule of thirds’ now identifies four important parts of the image that you should consider placing points of interest in as you frame your image.

The theory is if the focal point is in the dead center the brain registers the whole image within a fraction of a second and never really looks at the whole picture. With the focal point offset to one of the intersections you are placing a minor road block in the brains mapping system. The eyes have to work their way around the image in order to spot the focal point and in turn looks at the whole picture.

The Rule of Thirds actually goes way back.  Painters have been benefitting from this rule since the days when Greek artists discovered it.  So let's take a look at The Rule of Thirds as it relates to photography.

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