Break the Rule of Thirds

Break the Rule of Thirds

The good old ‘rule of thirds‘ makes a lot of sense in many types of photography (if you don’t know what the rule of thirds is see out tutorial on it).

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.

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

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