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composition basics - How to get good Pictures

Rule of Thirds


  1. A pleasing photograph divides the screen into areas - similar to the old game of tic, tac, toe. Where the lines intersect are the best locations to place key objects (or the eyes of a person).

Sample:  This shot has depth and is a wonderful example of headroom, good lighting and placing the eyes in the upper third of the screen.

Notice how when the picture is divided into thirds the balance remains the same throughout the thirds, and the eyes of the man are situated almost directly in the center of the top third.

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