A basic principle of good photographic composition is known as the rule of thirds. By dividing your photo into vertical and horizontal thirds and positioning the focal point within the crossed lines, you can improve the visual appeal of your image.
If you haven’t followed the rule of thirds while taking your photo, you can improve your pictures after the fact in your digital darkroom – Photoshop or Photoshop Elements! even has a handy tool that helps you visualize the thirds. Using this makes easy work of cropping and improving the composition of your photos.
If you are like me, you have taken hundreds (or thousands!) of photos. When we are in a hurry to get a shot, it’s easy to forget all of the rules and guidelines of good composition.
We may have placed our subject in the center of the shot or placed the horizon in the center of the photo. This may make our photo look uninteresting and dull. Cropping to change the composition can make that ho-hum photo into a great shot.
This adorable photo is visually exciting because the important parts of the photo – the child and the skyline – are placed along the imaginary lines and intersections that illustrate the rule of thirds.
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