Monday, 19 January 2009


There is so much to say about composition but I'll try to keep this blog relatively simple. If you have heard of the rule of thirds it is because it is a popular rule. Divide your picture into thirds horizontally and vertically and put an interesting subject where the lines cross. For example a sunset could go into any of the four places where these lines cross.

One of the most interesting things that I have heard is that we read from left to right and we look at pictures in the same way. So once you look at a picture, starting somewhere on the left, then allow interest to develop towards the right culminating in either of those two points where the lines cross on the right.

Some subjects are strong enough so that you don't follow this rule. One person filling the frame or a telephone box or any subject that is dominant enough will not follow this rule.

Take a look at pictures on your wall or in a book or on TV. Look for composition and once you have learnt the rule then look for how you can break it.

Happy snapping

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