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  1. incredibly inarticulate talk, talk, talk,- just keep talking till you think of something to say

  2. Very helpful. Thank you

  3. My version would be 'don't put it in the middle', if it's in the middle then it draws all attention as if the rest doesn't matter and you don't really have a photo anymore. Putting the main interest (if there is any) out of the middle creates a kind of dynamic. The thirds are just there because they're not in the middle and not at the edge either, anyway that's my take on it at the end you have to kind of 'feel' a photo. If the main object of attention is not in the middle then that creates a kind of space the whole picture comes into play if it's in the middle than that was that although sometimes it works there's always the exception.

  4. Left to right, flow.
    Up and down, natural progression .
    Something like that .
    Reverse it too. Create tension if you like.
    This is like music.
    Just one note can put a completely different feel into something .

  5. I agree. I totally forgot about landscape when I phrase the question. And, yes I think it can be tricky for portraits.

  6. Spaghetti Monster

    Sorry to intrude. I think it would be hard for portrait, but for landscape you can totally place it in the points of interests. you can find this in the works of Kenna.

  7. Hi Ted. Do you believe that this rule does not apply on square framing? In my square composition i found pretty hard to avoid centered subjects instead of using the rule of thirds.

  8. isn't composing with diagonals just better?

  9. Thanks this was great

  10. The grid is behind you.

  11. And you still don't get it? Is not a real rule. Is a suggestion. A way to teach people the basics of composition. You don't have to repeat 2+2=4 right? it's natural now. But at the beginning it was a good method to learn. RoT is basic stuff.

  12. Another good video once again.
    I'd dare to say that, with this series, your channel is certainly among the very best photography channels in youtube.

  13. Great info as always, tks.

  14. You have a point, but Ted does make it clear that it's more of a guideline. "Rule of Thirds" is just what the concept is called, it would be confusing to use a different title and it's certainly catchier than "Guideline" or "Suggestion" of thirds would be. 😉 I agree that perhaps it receives a bit too much credit, but it's useful to know and as people learn more about composition, I think the perceived importance of RoT naturally erodes.

  15. I'm a bit surprised that my first comment has been down-voted into oblivion. Fine, you people go ahead; turn on the LCD grid and carry on with placing your subjects where the mighty 'rule' tells you to. But do you really think that substituting one mindless action (bulls-eyeing the subject) with another (ROT) is getting you anywhere? If you don't learn to trust your innate sense of aesthetic, you are not really doing photography. You may as well devolve back to 'gear-dweeb' or 'pixel peeper.'

  16. I think rule of thirds should come naturally when composing, not limiting. I think that being aware of rule of thirds especially helps beginners which might not know why a certain shot speaks to them more than another or need a direction to go if they are uncertain about how a shot could be composed.

  17. Great episode 🙂

  18. Kinda wish you wouldn't have used the word 'Rule' in the title. I appreciate that you're not advocating a literal "Place the bird on the Tic-Tac-Toe board." interpretation, but IMO just using the word, 'rule' gives ROT way too much cred. I honestly believe that having ROT in your mind while composing will only distract you from 'seeing' the scene through your own eyes, and translating the subject into something that represents *your* sense of visual aesthetic. (IMO, the whole point of p-graphy.)

  19. pastefka!!

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