Beyond the Rule of Thirds - Unitas Photography

Beyond the Rule of Thirds

The Rule of Thirds, that compositional crutch every new photographer is taught to help them create stronger compositions. The problem with this rule is that all too often the learning of composition stops there. Any deviation is often referred to as "breaking the rules" because in true art there are "no rules". The problem with that logic is that all too often "breaking the rule" is simply substituting it with another rule the photographer is not aware of.

In truth, one rule is being switched for another and in the end, a rule is applied. This lecture is designed to explain the various other rules of composition not often discussed or taught to the beginning artist.

Many of these compositional rules have their foundations in early classical art from such masters as DaVinci, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, and others. This lecture will explore some of those early structures and how they apply in modern photography.

Topics Covered

• The basics of the Rule of Thirds

• Other commonly used compositional rules

• Lesser know compositional rules we use without knowing it

• The frustrations of grids

• How the Rule of Thirds can be used for alternate compositional rules

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