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The Rule of Thirds Is Overrated

By January 21, 2020 Current News

Screenshot of article posted on FstoppersCross-posted from Fstoppers
[by Clinton Lofthouse]

The rule of thirds is completely overrated. There, I said it. Nope, I am not going to take it back.

The day when I first picked up my camera and looked through my viewfinder to find the grid of thirds, I quickly thought to myself: “well, this seems to be a little too simple and predictable.” Every image with the composition or focus point lined up the same. I struggled to work out how artists took this principle and then crafted works of art from it. The simple answer is that they did not. The rule of thirds is the dumbed-down version of the actual compositional grids used by artists. It took me years to find this out, but once you go down the rabbit hole of composition and learn the truth, it is hard to look at an image the same again.

Before I blow your mind with the actual compositional grid, let’s just quickly take one last look at the rules of thirds, say bon voyage, and abruptly push that simpleton out of our lives.

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