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Photography Tip: Understanding the Rule of Thirds

With May being National Photography Month, we at GeekSugar thought it would be fun to unleash all of our found, favorite, and new photography tips with you all month long. Every weekday during May, you can look forward to a new and exciting tip to make you a photography whiz kid! First up, the basics: understanding the Rule of Thirds.

Having been used since the 1700s it's widely accepted that adhering to the rule of thirds helps to make your photographs, paintings, and videos more visually interesting, and evoke feeling from the viewer. Learn more about how to master it after the break.

If you were to look into your camera's viewfinder, and imagine that there are nine lines running across the entirety of your image — three vertical, and three horizontal — the rule of thirds states that your main focal point should be aligned with one of the linear intersections. The image you see here is a perfect example. Take note however that rules are made to be broken, especially where art is concerned. Having fun with what you're capturing is the most important rule of all! National Photography Month is also a great time to get in on some of our photography groups and show off your skills.

Our Cool Capture group is not only a place to post your favorite pics, but you could also win a CanvasPop Print in our Cool Capture contest! Additionally, you can snap some pics of your awesome cubicle or home office and submit them to our Capture Your Cube group to make all those other cube farmers jealous!

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Advah Advah 7 years
LOVE the photo tips, Geek! I recently started using again the old Nikon my parents got me for my 12th bday and am back on black and white film! I'm super excited!! Great rule, when I learnt it years ago it changed the way I was taking pictures. Of course you don't have to follow it everytime, but it's always a good thing to go back to when you're in front of a scene you're not sure what to put in the centre. It's so reliable you know the photo will always be good. Looking forward to the next tips!!
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