5 Responses to “Beyond the Rule of Thirds”


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  1. Tom McLaughlan

    Nice article. For me there’s one rule that transcends all others – learn the rules then break them as you wish, but not the other way around 🙂 Indeed, perhaps they’d be better labelled as guides rather than rules but that’s a wee bit pedantic.

    Thanks again for a thoughtful post.

    • steve

      Thanks Tom, appreciated. I am all for breaking rules and often, but I enjoy actually knowing when I’m breaking them 🙂

  2. Steve:

    What a great discovery your work has been to me. My own inner struggle is always to ride the tightrope between conscious technique and instinctual adventure, and learning first of your book, and then your blog shows me that this struggle is very strong in many other people. I will be checking back frequently as your insights always drill down to the most introspective issues. Certainly we all need to “read the manual” at times, but we need to be reminded that photography begins in the mind, not the box.

    Thanks again for your great work.

    • steve

      Thank you for the kind words and apologies for not replying sooner. Re the technique vs instinct thing I couldn’t agree more, saying that the best stuff happens on the edges in my opinion.

  3. David, I agree with you. I think technology shloud be simplifying our lives as well. I love my cell phone and text all the time. What I don’t like is that it also sometimes comes with addictive habits. People look at their phone as the last thing before they close their eyes at night and wake up reaching for it. Phones especially have become a way to never have a dead space’ or time to think. Standing in line, even at stop lights there is something to check’. With the challenge I don’t want people get rid of cell phones all together, sorry if it came across that way. I just think that we sometimes need a break (like turning it off or leaving it in a different room) to help us realize the addictive qualities of it and realize that it is just a tool not a constant entertainment source

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