When To Break The Rule of Thirds

June 7, 2010

Now that I’ve spent the last few posts talking about what the rules of composition actually are, we can talk about those times when you may want to ignore them. In other words, when to break the rule of thirds.

Don’t misunderstand me, I love the rules of composition, and I feel you should use them all the time. However, you will find that you can make even better pictures by bending or breaking the same rules. This is an area of photography that is best experimented with and learned on your own.

Here are a couple of pointers to help get you started:

When To Break The Rule of Thirds

A Different Perspective

The bottom line is, after you become comfortable with using the rule of thirds try experimenting with breaking them. As your skill as a photographer increases, and people begin to see, enjoy and understand your photographs more, then you can surprise them by knowing when to break the rule of thirds.

Remember, keep taking lots and lots of photographs of your kids. You will be glad you did!

Betty Muscott, Child Photographer

Betty Muscott, Child Photographer

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