Learning a few basic concepts about composition can really take your photos to the next level.   The rule of thirds is one of the most basic rules of composition and is the most handy.  This concept helps you set your subject in the most interesting part of the frame and helps tell a story.  To get started, most cameras and phones have a setting to set a tic tac grid on your phone when you are looking through your viewfinder or phone.  The grid is used to place subjects in the most interesting part of the frame.  The rule of thirds theory states that the most interesting place in the frame is where intersecting lines meet.   At those points is where you want to put your subject or area of focus.

Let’s use an example of a kayaker fisherman in the open water as an example.  We want to tell a story with this photo, so we want to show off the scenery as well.  Let’s put the kayaker on the bottom left corner where the intersecting lines meet.  This will help put the kayaker as the focus, put the open water and scenery as the background to the story.    Using the rule of thirds can help tell a story.  Next time before you put your subject in the middle of the frame, think about the rule of thirds and how it can tell a story as opposed to just snapping a photo.

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