Digital Photography For Dummies
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You can get precise and use the Rule of Thirds to position the center of interest in the frame. Great photographers have composed their images to draw viewers to the focal point since the beginning of photography. Of course, they probably got the idea from studying the works of great artists.

You’ve probably seen a lot of pictures where the center of interest was smack dab in the middle of the frame. Picture a lone tree in a vast meadow. If you take the photograph with the tree aligned dead center in the middle of the frame, you have nothing but a snapshot.

However, move the tree to the side of the frame and you have a more interesting image. The tree is the visual anchor to which the eye is drawn.

Imagine that your camera viewfinder is divided into three sections vertically and horizontally. A power point is where the borders of two sections intersect. Instead of placing your subject or center of interest in the middle of the frame, place it on a power point.

Some digital cameras provide a grid in the viewfinder or on the LCD monitor that you can use to compose your images according to the Rule of Thirds. The figure shows an image that has been composed using the Rule of Thirds. A grid overlay is also included for reference.

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Julie Adair King is a veteran photography professional and instructor with more than 60 books to her credit. She has written all editions of Digital Photography For Dummies as well as 40 guides to DSLR camera models.

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