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Rule of thirds

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Another common way to divide any frame is in thirds through both axis - where the imaginary lines meet create strong points to place objects. Some cameras have a feature built into the viewfinder where a series of grid lines based on the rule of thirds can be turned on or off to assist with the design of the image.


Here is the same image divided by the fibonacci series



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The rule states that an image can be divided into nine equal parts by dividing the image two equally-spaced horizontal lines and two equally-spaced vertical lines.

The idea is that the four points formed by the intersections of these lines can be used to align dominant features of the scene in the photograph. Proponents of this technique claim that aligning a photograph with these points creates more tension, energy and interest in the photo than simply centering the feature would.


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With landscapes often the strongest line is the horizon - and the tenancy is to place it in the center of the image - however we can place it lower in the frame at about 1/3


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Or higher again at about 1/3





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