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First article in our process to get the notion of photography composition layed down.

This article deals with an introduction to the idea of composition, the notion of frame, the rule of thirds and notions on horizon placement.

Please leave us comments if you found this helpful, if you find errors/mistakes or if you have ideas on how to improve it. Feedback is of great importance, and very welcome.

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Originally submitted: Dec 8, 2003
Resubmitted: May 22, 2007

Article by `In-Apt
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All images, unless indicated, from Getty Images.
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:iconserel:
serel Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
While I haven't really learned something new, I absolutely enjoyed this tutorial. All those examples helped a lot in understanding the theory.
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Children7 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
Great tutorial!
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Toyona Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you...so much~
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jayxbriar4ever Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a billion for this! It's really quite helpful!
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Jadeyfish Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Really great tutorial, lots of helpful information :)
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kotacat Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
Thanks a lot for sharing! :D
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SoftBluewind Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011  Student Digital Artist
oow! how useful!! thanks a lot!!! ^^ I really needed something like this!
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SoftBluewind Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011  Student Digital Artist
oow! how useful!! thanks a lot!!! ^^ I really needed something like this!
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:iconsoftbluewind:
SoftBluewind Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011  Student Digital Artist
oow! how useful!! thanks a lot!!! ^^ I really needed something like this!
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mikhi Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One of my fav tutorials on dA. :D You have no idea how many times I've recommended this for beginners who want to work on their compositions~ It's also helped me a lot for photography :D Thanks a bunch for making it~
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FernGaze Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great!
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pisces-hilda Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you very much for sharing ^_^
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Art-of-ZugZug Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010
I'm not a photographer (-I draw), but I'm beginning to understand the importance of proper composition. This was a great tutorial. Thank you!
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hmcgee Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
that was v gd :D
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OmegaWolfess Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009
great job on here! This was very useful!
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allan-avelino Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you so much!!! for aspiring photographers like me. this tutorial is very helpful. keep it up. hope to see more photoshop tutorials
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Neo-Br Featured By Owner May 14, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent tutorial! Easy way to understand these rules! tks!
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petitemyriam Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2007
love it =) it will help me very much thnks
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blacklordnicon Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2007
Thank you so much that you share your knowlegde with those who want to get into the fascinating world of photography.
I learned a lot from your devs and got a lot better...
Hope you will go on with your work ;)
Greetings and best wishes
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WickedSpuddlz Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2007
This was incredibly helpful! Thank you!
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Eariorith Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2007
I found this extremely helpful :aww: I knew a bit about 3rds, but this tutorial really taught me a lot more. Thankyou!
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sic-purity Featured By Owner May 24, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for re-posting this, composition is probably the most important thing in photography. Cheers!
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eskimoblueboy Featured By Owner May 24, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Neat!
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jamesilluminare Featured By Owner May 23, 2007  Professional General Artist
Excellent.
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sephis Featured By Owner May 2, 2007
The link does not work
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photo-class Featured By Owner May 22, 2007
It's working now. ;)
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:iconsephis:
sephis Featured By Owner May 24, 2007
That's such a great tutorial. :thumbsup:
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dahanpinus Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2007   Photographer
the link isn't exist. i cant download it... :(
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ayatseifelnasr Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2007
when i pressed on download it said:file not found :S wat should i do?!
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Al-Everson Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2006
file not found....
is that gonna be fixed?
or am i doing something wrong?
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drsmith Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2006
Yeah it's not there anymore :confused:
At least I saved them all. :P
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whitestar Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2006
Download does not work.
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kleines Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2006
The link isn't working?
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Marker-Guru Featured By Owner May 25, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
The most wonderful thing about this is how well it applies to all forms of art and not jsut photogoraphy.
I love how its set up and how easy it is to understand =3
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dobbler Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2005
Thanks, just what I was looking for and it's all here, simple, easy to understand and free of charge... You are nice people.

Thank you.

Take care,

Rob.
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jquaresma Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2005   Photographer
:clap: awesome! adorei! tks for such a great article
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mahgnitton Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2005
Thanks a lot for submitting this and your other tutorials as you and others have given a lot of advice, This in particular is damn good as I have heard about the "rule of thirds" before but this explains it very well, thanks again :thumbsup:
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FreakdeWil Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2004
Well done!!!!!

Thank you very much for this very interesting article - it really helps me to make my photos more interesting!!!

And the article is very easy to understand - even for me cause I'm not a native English speaker!!

:clap:
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flyingblade Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2004
Thanks a lot, I think it will be very useful! Great!
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julianwichmann Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2004
Great stuff, I like the simple but powerful rule of dividing the picture in rectangles..
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:iconzlatty:
Zlatty Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2004  Professional Photographer
oh man this is awesome ... very interesting look at the symetry and all
wonderful
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wickedoubt Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2004
thanks
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:iconuvita:
uvita Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2004
thanks million for this document
i must try what i've lerned today
:)
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soruisareti Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2004   Interface Designer
How may i serve you for you have shown me the way :D
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Angel--23 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2004   Photographer
The information on the thirds and general composition was extremely inspiring, thanks a lot :worship:
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Jand3r Featured By Owner May 25, 2004   Photographer
great article !
really opened my eyes on things i never thought about.
give us more !
:)
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bLoOo Featured By Owner May 1, 2004   Photographer
:heart:
-i love this tutorial-
i never even knew about 3rds or any of that stuff...it helped alot. :worship: thank you!
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Ofijo Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2004
I've found mostly all (Some excluded because I use a poor quality digital camera, with no features or manual abilities) of the tutorials on here helpful, I thank you all very much. ;)
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maharet-skellington Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2004
Oh, this was great! I learned a lot. These articles are very useful for someone learning photography. Especially if they're like me and have no money to by books on the subject. I'll remember the tips here!
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