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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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The reason you see conflicting information when researching is because these rules are slippery. None of them have a strong backing in science, and their history in aesthetics is less important than in popular myth. There's no evidence whatsoever that anyone used the golden ratio in art before the 20th century, but people have heard the story so many times ...


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The rule of thirds is a simplification of the golden ratio. Basically if you put something on 3rd's line like a person's eye or something on a horizon, the composition of the image will often conform to the golden ratio. The golden ratio occurs often in nature such as conch or snail shells, flower petals, and so on. Since it's identification (or definition) ...


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As long as the subject is supposed to be the little phone-booth-monument-firepit-grill-whatever-thing in the lower right, then yes, it's a good example of the rule of thirds. Unfortunately, it's also not a great picture. The rule of thirds is just one compositional technique, and it works only to the extent that it supports the technical and artistic aims ...


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As others have noted, there often are focus points near to the rule of thirds intersection points, but they aren't always precisely in that location. There might be some consumer demand for it, but there are two major reasons why not, both answered, I think, by my answers to What is the “Rule of Thirds”? and What is the 'Golden Ratio' and why is it better ...


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I am not 100% sure what you mean. Looking at the viewfinder of my 500D, it looks like (Via Bob Atkins) If I take the liberty to add "thirds lines", it looks like this: Unless you mean "100% spot on!", this looks very much like spots in the intersections of thirds lines. (My handiwork is a bit shoddy on the second picture, I have to admit as well.)


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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'd say it all depends on the artists vision rather more so than any technical limitation: I am in the middle of taking macro pics of matchbox toy cars I had as a child. The style I am going for is lighting just the car over a 100% black background and shooting at f32 (and getting the DOF covering a good 1/4 to 1/3 of a car's length). Because of the clean ...


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1/3 rules is used in macro. Not necessary by person starting in the field as you need experience to be able to do some composition with a living insect but I think that some very interesting macro are catchy due to their composition and some (most) follow the thirds rules. As example here are picture picked in today 500px flow... http://500px.com/photo/...


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Reexamine your understanding of the rule. Often, the rule is illustrated with over-simplified examples so that the concept can be understood. As an example, an object is often placed against a background so that the subject is a third into the shot, say. In a more subtle case, blood platelet coagulation comparison can be made with an open vein at one point (...


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A design teacher from a Danish design school lectured us at a phd course about composition of our scientific powerpoint presentations. He also mentioned that we should never place two figures side by side, but one or three. He used an example of 2 vs 3 candle lights as well. He argued that it had to do with how our eyes move around when inspecting the scene. ...


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There are macro shoots that rule of thirds are applied successfully but there are reasons for it to be not applied. The subject might be interesting enough that no additional composition technique is needed. The shallow depth of field might limit the options for the composition There are also several reasons for the centre composition Lenses tend to give ...


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The rule of thirds is a very arbitrary guideline, and there's really nothing magical about it. In its original form, it suggests that whenever you have a line or area of color within a photo and something which divides that line or field, you should split it so one section is a third of the thing and the other the remaining two thirds. So, if your portrait ...


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I don't think so. The reason is that rule of thirds relates to the positioning of your subject, but the subject itself has to be isolated by some means - contrast, color, focus blur, motion blur - anything to make the subject, well... a subject. In your picture I'd say the subject is the overexposed center as well as the two objects along with that. It ...


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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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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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Those rules (and many more like them) are not actually rules, they are are more of an OK starting point. That is, if you don't have any unique composition that works well with your current scene than placing the subject at about 1/3 of the way (or on the golden ratio line, a diagonal, triangle, etc.) in will create a more interesting image than if it's at ...


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The Rule of Thirds isn't anything like a scientific 'law': it is just a guideline, a rule of thumb. Whether or not a photo taken using it is 'better' than another without is subjective. It is also only one of a number of similar guidelines such as the golden ratio and splitting the scene into triangles. It is up to you as the photographer to decide what ...


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I think the reason it seems like they don't is that macro tends to be focused on a single subject that is the bulk of the image, so most Macro shots favor centered subject over thirds based composition, but there certainly are examples where the rule of thirds is used in the composition of a macro shot and there is no formal or technical reason why it can't ...


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I’m actually writing a dissertation on this topic and the use of composition grids in general. Based on my research, there is some evidence for the rule of thirds and phi grids being aesthetically pleasing, however the relationship to composition rules and aesthetics is much more complicated than just layout on a proportion grid. It has to do with the ...


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There is much science behind the Golden Ratio (Golden Section), of which the Rule of Thirds is a simple approximation. The ratio (known as phi) of approximately 1.618 occurs time and time again in nature and mathematics. The question is if there is any science behind the aesthetics of that ratio. Sure it occurs in nature, the Greeks thought the ratio was ...


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I find this information interesting but I need to share in my words information I gained from Axel Bruchs book on composition. In brief he said that on a blank or mono coloured frame the golden ratio aplies in the macro format of the frame, however as soon as a picture element enters the frame it infleunces the composition as well as peoples preference of ...


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The above answers lay out various reasons why: 1. Artistic Vision, 2. Subject and Background issues, 3. A novice's ability to use composition rules etc. I am responding just from personal experience. I started shooting Macro in August 2006, and it forms a significant portion of my work. I also have had some training through classes and reading and ...


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Note: My answer below suggests using Magic Lantern, but at the time of this writing that's not possible because the 1200D isn't among the models supported by Magic Lantern. There's a list of supported models on the main ML web page -- perhaps the 1200D will be listed there someday. Is there a way to display golden ration together with rule of thirds on ...


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What you describe is often called the "focus and recompose" technique. It was first used back in the days of manual focus with a single focusing aid, usually a split prism, in the center of the camera's viewfinder. Autofocus systems focus the lens at a specific distance from the camera, not at a set of coordinates in Cartesian space. As long as the distance ...


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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 of it as more of a principle than a rule - you don't have to abide by it but it generally works. If your camera offers a grid overlay (select live-view if using a dSLR) try it out as the grid is commonly set to split the display up according to the Rule of Thirds. Try aligning your human subject(s) with the grid lines and see how "balanced" the image ...


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You will have to observe that different camera makes have different amount and type of autofocus points. Most entry level DSLR cameras have only one cross-type autofocus points in the middle, and people usually focus with that and then recompose even though there are additional focus points available. More serious DSLR cameras have more focus points, but ...


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