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August contest theme: The Rule of Thirds

Posted by Teresa Hanafin  August 3, 2011 02:48 PM

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The Rule of Thirds is an important rule to know and practice in your photography, one that often yields dynamic, interesting images. (Of course, rules are made to be broken, but you have to master them before you can break them!)

For those not familiar with the Rule of Thirds, the principle is that an artist should imagine a scene or image as divided into nine equal parts by two equally-spaced horizontal lines and two equally-spaced vertical lines.


To create more energy and interest in your photo, place the most important compositional elements along these lines or at their intersections.


Image from Wikipedia

You can see more examples of this rule in action on this Google images page.

Here are a couple of explainers and examples:

Darren Rowse at Digital Photography School


Some prefer the Golden Mean or Golden Spiral; that's a more difficult composition to achieve, but the results can be worth it. Another time.

Okay, the rules:

> Your photo does NOT have to be taken this month. If you have a great photo that illustrates this theme in your portfolio, feel free to use it. But consider taking advantage of the gorgeous weather we've been having, get inspired by the wonderful images on display at the links listed above, and go create something new.

> One photo per photographer.

> The deadline is midnight Aug. 31.

Here are our complete contest rules.


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