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Follow the Rule of Thirds when Photographing Dogs

When lining up a shot, it’s practically instinct for beginning photographers to put the subject of their photo (in this case, the dog) right smack in the middle of their frame, but other options often make the photograph more interesting.

The rule of thirds is a concept that suggests dividing your frame into thirds. Imagine drawing two vertical lines through your frame, one a third of the way from the left side of the frame and the other a third of the way from the right. Then imagine drawing two horizontal lines, one a third of the way from the top of the frame and the other a third of the way from the bottom. (It would look like a tic-tac-toe board.)


38mm, 1/125 sec., f/3.2, 200

Your goal is to keep your subject and other key elements out of the center area, and instead, aim to put them in the frame’s thirds (that’s either the top or bottom or one of the sides). Doing so can often result in a much more dynamic and interesting photo to look at and is the first step toward building your story about Lucky.

To add extra power to your subject in the English-speaking world, line Lucky up in the left-hand third (because we read left to right).

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