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Tips: Rule of Thirds


Composition is key. Let’s take a look at the easiest sure-fire way to create a more engaging and eye-catching portrait of your pup.

Studies have been done on the way the human eye interacts with imagery, and the results have shown that rather than being drawn to the center or edges of a photograph, the human eye is generally brought to one of four main points within the space. If you divide a photograph into equal thirds–both horizontally and vertically–you can easily see these interest points emerge.


The points where these lines intersect are perfect spots to place the subject of your image. Additional elements benefit from being placed along the lines of the grid as well. Doing so creates an appropriate balance of tension and space, providing more visual interest for the viewer. Keep this diagram in mind the next time you look through your camera’s viewfinder, and you’ll be well on your way to capturing visual memories that last a lifetime.

Take a look through the gallery below for some great examples of the Rule of Thirds approach in action by Claudine Kosier of Simply Dog Photography. Click any thumnail to open the gallery.

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