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The Rule of Thirds has been around for thousands of years. This is the basic principle that is the most valuable to a new photographer. This rule takes our rectangular shape and divides it into thirds. The key elements or objects in our composition should fall on one of these thirds lines. The one point on our photograph where our eye comes to rest should fall on one of these lines where both a horizontal and a vertical line come to rest. Every photograph should have a subject which we call the center of interest. This is the interesting part of the photo that catches our eye. To get our composition to have just one center of interest the photographer needs to adjust the frame in the photo to include ONLY objects that are important to the composition. This often means getting CLOSE to the subject. Keep a photo SIMPLE and include only things that are important to the message.