What is Rule of Thirds?

Basically, the principle of rule-of-thirds is to divide an image into thirds both horizontally and vertically as shown below.

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As you’re taking an image you would have done this in your mind through your viewfinder or in the LCD display that you use to frame your shot.

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Then, all you have to do when you are taking a picture is to aim your camera slightly to the left or right of your subject. Generally, if your subject is facing left, give space to the left and vice-versa. If your subject is facing you (directly to the camera), you move your camera whichever you prefer. It doesn’t matter. The bottom line is avoid placing your subject in the center of the picture.

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