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The Rule of Thirds does work well as a compositional rule in many situations – however placing your subject dead center in an image can also produce powerful and confronting images – particularly portraits where the subject is looking directly down the barrel or where you are presented with a scene with real symmetry like the one to the left.
Next time you’re out with your camera experiment with composing shots both to follow and break the rule of thirds – you’ll find in doing so you can end up with two very different interpretations of the same scene.
This post belongs to our series of posts on breaking rules of photography to get great images.