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Let's Talk About The Secret Rule Of Photography Composition

The middle line is a photography composition rule you might not have heard of so here's a quick look at what it is and how it's used.

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Ever heard of 'the middle line'? Well, apparently, it's a secret photography composition rule that can help us all. 

The rule is discussed in a video tutorial created by Light Club who have used several famous images to show how the middle line works. 

Basically, the rule says to use a vertical or horizontal line through the middle of your frame to create a more striking composition. 

To back the theory up, the tutorial shows how photographers, filmmakers and artists have places subjects, or parts of a scene, on the vertical or horizontal middle line for quite some time now and that it's something more of us should be doing, too. 

Ever wondered how you make a portrait look like it's following you around the room? Well, according to Light Club, it's by using the power of the middle line. 

You can, of course, be a bit more literal and use middle lines quite obviously in your shots, too.

So, next time you're out with your camera, as well as thinking about the rule of thirds, give the middle line some thought as well. Then, as rules are meant to be broken, why not go against the grain and ignore the guidelines to see if you can create an image with lots of punch? 

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12 36 7 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2020 1:35PM
Well worth experimenting

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