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As a photographer who especially enjoys landscapes, one of the books that I found most useful on composition was that of a book on drawing - Drawing Scenery: Landscapes and Seascapes The beginning of the book starts out with emphasizing the focal area and how it relates to the "forces" which exist within the frame. "Charting The Eye's Course" and this can ...


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We don't use composition rules for their own sake, we use them as a tool to understand what gives balance and tension to an image. When used right, the rules help us create an image that anyone can experience in the way that was intended. However, just because you use some rule doesn't guarantee that you used it correctly, or even that it was the right rule ...


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There are many "rules" of composition. The "rule of thirds" is just one the of the simplest and easiest to explain. This is likely why it gets a lot of attention in entry level composition courses for art in general and photography in particular. The purpose of many "rules" of compositions isn't to enable the artist to produce a work that complies with all ...


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I'm not a professional photographer, so this is written from the perspective of one of the pleebs you're asking about. I can objectively tell you that I subjectively dislike off-center subjects if there's just one subject. Most of the time anyways. I typed "girl" into Google image search and the only place an off-center photo seemed more natural was if ...


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As an artist, I have studied both and put both into practice. They are only two elements of design, and there are many, many more. I spent a few years on my own looking them all up, studying books and putting them into practice. Why use them? Because the aesthetic of your work will improve. Much like spices and/or herbs in cooking, or adding wine, or even ...


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Think about a teacher with a class full of kids, having an hour of "music appreciation". The kids have percussion instruments, and while some have an innate sense of rhythm, some clearly don't. To help these kids participate, the teacher explains to them that rhythm consists of counting to four. That isn't the true definition of what humanly meaningful ...


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There is no ratio or particular number for division of the frame or placement of points which has any demonstrated special power. That includes both the rule of thirds and the golden ratio. However, the basic idea that centered subjects tend towards a more staid composition while off-center provides dynamic interest is fundamentally sound. Just don't get ...


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I was tempted to mark this to be closed as "primarily opinion based" but then realized that I can prove that the "rule" of thirds is not a matter of opinion. Well, sort of. In one specific way. Maybe. First, accept that it's not a rule. Appropriated from Pirates of the Carribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, Barbosa says "...more what you'd call 'guidelines' ...



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