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Rule of Thirds Tut by JohnnySix Rule of Thirds Tut by JohnnySix
There are probably many of these already up here, but hope this is useful to someone. I've got to admit, I've never stuck rigidly by the rules, but it's good to have it sat in the back of your mind, especially if you're somewhere where you've got time to try out a few different angles. :)


**Update 26-11-07**
Be sure to check out Part II, which covers adjusting images in Photoshop using the grid.
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Epoxides Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Simple and understandable for beginners. Great!
I'm referring to this tutorial when I'm giving feedbacks and people don't seem to know what is this rule :-)
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ScatteredAshe Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Featured in an article for :iconprojecteducate: here [link] =D
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ScatteredAshe Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Featured in an challenge article here [link] at #TheArtOfManipulation =D
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TommyB95 Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Very useful, thanks alot.
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Cindacry Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Student Filmographer
Hey- found thus tut useful- wondering if you had any links to some of those photos- need secondary refs for comments and tips board in graphics- if yo udont mind? X
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KalosysArt Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
great tut!
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Aspenfrost Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010
great job with this tutorail. i love the exit sign. lol XD
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JadineR Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010
Oooh, interesting. I'll have to try this sometime :D
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JocelyneR Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010
Thank you very much! :hug:
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JohnnySix Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010  Professional Artist
Thankyou for dropping by! :)
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JocelyneR Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010
Thank you, what you are doing is real nice!
My pleasure of course! :)
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cheirikumo Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010
Thank you, I was trying to recall exactly what the rule of thirds entailed. Now I understand. Before I thought the main point was to get the objects in the middle, not the lines of the grid. This is quite helpful.
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JohnnySix Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010  Professional Artist
Glad it was useful. Yeah, can make a difference - one of those things I didn't learn for a long time - that missing piece of the puzzle that gives you that "ah-ha!" moment when you realise what's adding to the awesome in a photo.
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Brownez-Koekoez Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks. again. i really need this
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JohnnySix Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010  Professional Artist
Welcome! :)
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Danette Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010
Thanks
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JohnnySix Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010  Professional Artist
Thank you! :)
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hyneige Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
The rule of tiers has simple and I thought that often a lot dof works would have been saved by applying this rule simply. And here is a simple idea to become familiar with this rule. Take a cardboard, cut up a big rectangle or a big square in the centre, and put rubber bands in the horizontal and vertical thirds. What gives an effect of thirds as on your illustrations of pictures. We can then look at everything in this perspective of thirds and compare with or without. With the habit we end up having these thirds in our eye.

La règle des tiers est simple et je m'aperçois souvent que beaucoup d'oeuvres auraient été sauvées en appliquant tout simplement cette règle. Et voici une idée simple pour devenir familier avec cette règle, pour l'avoir dans l'oeil comme on dit.
Prendre un carton, découper un grand rectangle ou un grand carré au centre, et placer des élastiques aux tiers horizontaux et verticaux. Ce qui donne l'effet des tiers comme sur votre illustrations des images. Nous pouvons alors tout regarder dans cette perspective des tiers et comparer avec ou sans. Avec l'habitude nous finisson par avoir ces tiers dans l'oeil.
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JohnnySix Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010  Professional Artist
Eventually, but hopefully not to the level where it is like OCD and you can't take a picture without rule of thirds lol .:D
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IngoSchobert Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Very nice,

In particular having a display of the examples makes it so much more understandable,

:wave:

Ingo
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JohnnySix Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010  Professional Artist
Thanks hope it helps. :)
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katiezpm Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009
OMG the fly swatter man! Hes in ipswich :P

Im happy to see that someone cares about my town.
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JohnnySix Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010  Professional Artist
Haha, yeah, was up there a couple of years ago. :)
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katiezpm Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010
Awesomes :D
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JohnnySix Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010  Professional Artist
Thanks :)
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kalany Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009
I love this tutorial; it's easy and simple.

There is one thing, though---there's also the rule of fifths; I think some of the images that you've shown that don't quite follow the rule of thirds might be following the rule of fifths instead. I like to use fifths when I'm going for extra dramatic tension (outside fifths) or when I want a nearly-centered composition that still has some tension (inside fifths).

I realize you might not want to put that in a simple intro tutorial, but it might be something to consider mentioning in the comments
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JohnnySix Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010  Professional Artist
Hmnn, may get around to updating this one a little and throw that in, maybe even just because the style is out of synch with the newer ones lol. :)

Thanks for stopping by and checking it out.
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TanyaSimoneSimpson Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2008
This has been featured in my news article Photography Basics - Artistic Nude Style!.

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JohnnySix Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010  Professional Artist
Thanks! :)
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aramismarron Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
im new on studying pespective and this one bagged another point of "view" we all need to consider..:D
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JohnnySix Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2008  Professional Artist
Glad it could help dude! :)
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Jon4H Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Great stuff Mr Six, esp the bit about cropping in cs.

Cheers.
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JohnnySix Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2008  Professional Artist
Thanks! Part two has more on this, and template too. ;)
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stormraintears Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2007
Excellent!
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JohnnySix Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2007  Professional Artist
Thanks! :)
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eckoluis Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2007  Professional Photographer
love this one...it will very much train your line of view or point of views...which is good and not...:thumbsup:
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JohnnySix Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010  Professional Artist
Thanks! ;)
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TanyaSimoneSimpson Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2007
Hi :)

This is featured in my latest news article, The basics of artistic photography, which you can read HERE.

Thank you for making something so fabulous.

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JohnnySix Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2007  Professional Artist
Cool! There's also a part 2.
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imajina Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2007
This is trully the basics fot taking good pictures, even if you don't get a thing about photography... Hope lots of people can learn of this great tutorial!
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JohnnySix Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2007  Professional Artist
Thanks - hope someone finds it useful. Anyone reading this should check out PT 2 also - as this covers a quick technique for cropping photos in Adobe Photoshop.
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jhubert Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Added to the Art Tutorials Wiki.
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JohnnySix Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2007  Professional Artist
Thanks! Pt #2 coming soon. :)
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jhubert Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll look out for it.

Though if I should miss it, please don't hesitate to add it yourself - this is a wiki, after all... ;)
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DeadMeatGF Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2007
I got a shot used!

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JohnnySix Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2007  Professional Artist
Is a great shot man! :)
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Xfrenchlady Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2007   Photographer
excellent idea to post that tutorial, because many people simply never heard about it when it is the easiest way to keep our compositions balanced :)
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JohnnySix Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2007  Professional Artist
I found six other tutes, but they all cover different ways of approaching the rule of thirds thing, so they all compliment each other nicely. :)
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Xfrenchlady Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2007   Photographer
I will make sure to check them out :)
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