A Shortcut for Winning Composition

Light at City Hall

Rule of Thirds: focus on any of the four places the lines overlap. Photo by Mary Gow


It was at the Maine Photographic Workshops that I “got” it about composition. My vision got a tune-up there.

I had written about The Rule of Three in writing. Well, in composition there’s The Rule of Thirds (explained quite well at betterphoto.com. It works in painting as well as photography. Think of a grid of three across and three down, creating nine rectangles. Place your subject where any of the lines cross. See the grid.

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