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My Photography Journey: The Rule of Thirds

Would you like to learn how to take better pictures of your family? Me too!

Growing up I never cared much for taking pictures, mostly because I have always seen photography as an art form and I don’t really consider myself the “artsy” type. When my children were born however, it was like a switch turned on and my interest sparked. All of a sudden I had this great desire to chronicle every moment with these little people so that I could forever cherish those memories. Since then, photography has become a great passion of mine.

Recently, I decided to take this hobby a bit more seriously. I have been making a special effort to not just pin tutorials to my Pinterest photography board but to also take the time to read and practice what I learned. Last Christmas, I was overjoyed to find that my husband had gotten me an intro to digital photography book, which I have been slowly making my way through.

The truth is, the more I read and learn, the more I realize that no one is a “born photographer.” Photography is a learned skill based on a set of well-established rules that takes practice to perfect. This thought is actually encouraging to me because it means that even though I am not an “artsy” person, If I keep at it, I can learn. In other words, there is still hope for me!

As it turns out, I learn best when I share the knowledge with others, and that is where the idea for this post came about. So, today I will be sharing with you what I have been learning about one of the most basic rules of photography composition, the rule of thirds.

Composition, or the way you choose to place the subject and background in a photo, is one of the most important aspects of photography. Whether you use your cell phone camera, a point and shoot, or a DSLR is irrelevant when it comes to good composition.

Check out the infographic I created below for a simplified description of the rule of thirds.


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If you choose to ignore this rule, it does not mean your pictures will be bad. As you know, there are exceptions to every rule and this one is no different. The more you practice it however, the better you will get at composing great photos.

Next time you are flipping through a magazine, walking through an art museum, or watching your favorite show, try to look for the rule of thirds. You will be surprised how often it is used.


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