On Better Photography, A Series    
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Glenn Pollock   On Making Better Photos
The Origins of the Rule of Thirds
Text by Glenn Pollock
Photos, Rain Rodolph

When the aliens first landed, humans were still living in caves, and just beginning to desecrate the walls with their graffiti. Ignoring the Prime Directive, the aliens decided to provide these primitives with some important information [or at least what they thought was important]. Being a very advanced intellectual, but rather pompous race, they decided to share some esoteric artistic ideas, rather than explain indoor plumbing or air conditioning, which of course, would have been much more practical and useful. But they figured that, since these primitive beings had already begun to create graffiti, they might as well do it with some artistic sense.

The aliens chose to give them the definition of the Golden Section: “A line divided into two segments such that the length of the smaller segment as compared to the length of the larger segment is equal to the length of the larger segment as compared to the whole length.”

Unfortunately, it came out, “Adjqoeir alrur asfrivn  or/atru  nriutahv nvei froif  jeeej. Of course this meant nothing to the humans. They weren’t much beyond grunting in their communications skills, let alone understanding an alien language. Fortunately the aliens also provided a visual formula and the graphic equivalent etched in a stone tablet. It looked like this:
When they presented it to the humans, the humans looked at it, then looked back at the small furry aliens, decided they liked the aliens better, and ate them. And the tablet was ignored and lost.
Greeks, who had moved out of the caves and were beginning to build temples for their gods. Having evolved a bit beyond the cave dwellers, they took the one dimensional line formula and expanded it into a two dimensional shape using the same proportion formula: A:B as B:C [A+B], thus creating the Golden Rectangle proportions of approximately 5 to 8. When they applied these proportions to their architecture, they discovered the buildings looked a lot cooler. They also looked around in nature and discovered that a lot of the really neat nature thingys [such as sea shells and themselves, even] also had these proportions, so they knew they were on to something big.       
Being an inquisitive culture, they started playing around with this rectangle by adding diagonals and perpendicular lines, and discovered some other cool things. Like, if you draw a diagonal line from one corner of the rectangle to the other and then draw lines from the other two corners perpendicular to that diagonal, you end up with intersection points at some pretty pleasing locations in the rectangle. Great places for placing important elements of a composition:
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The Rule of Thirds
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Photography Tips, Rules Of Thirds For Making Better Photos
Photography Tips offers Rules Of Thirds for Making Better Photos.  The Rule of Thirds comes into play when you draw a diagonal line from one corner of the rectangle to the other and then draw lines from the other two corners perpendicular to that diagonal
When you draw those lines you end up with intersection points at some pretty pleasing locations in the rectangle. These intersections Great places for placing important elements of a composition
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