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Rule of Thirds – Top 5 Tips for Photographers

What differentiates an amateur photographer and a professional is not the mastery of technical details. A good photographer knows how to compose an image well. There are many rules of composition; we will study one of the most commonly used ones. And that composition rule is called the rule of thirds.

Rule of Thirds

The rule of thirds means that you have to place your subject at any one-third of the image frame. Most of the cameras these days have an option to display various types of grids. The grid that is the most common is the 3*3 grid. So, the points where the lines meet is the point where your subjects should be placed. You would have to consider other factors along with it. Placing an image randomly on any of the points will not make an image great. Give it some thought on which point would make the most sense.

Here are some tips for you to learn and master this rule.

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Golden Ratio – Phi

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A straight line is said to have been cut in extreme and mean ratio when, as the whole line is to the greater segment, so is the greater to the less. [Euclid]

The extreme and mean ratio is also known as the golden ratio, or Phi. If the smaller part = 1, and larger part = G, the golden ratio requires that  G is equal approximately 1.6180

Does the Great Pyramid contain the Golden Ratio?

Assuming that the height of the GP = 146.515 m, and base = 230.363 m, and using simple math we find that half of the base is 115.182 m and the “slant height”  is 186.369 m

Dividing the “slant height” (186.369m) by “half base” (115.182m) gives = 1.6180, which is practically equal to the golden ration!