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    Dec 2004
    Tifton, GA

    History of Rule of Thirds

    I am doing a speech on Adding Bing and Bang to Your Home Videos...
    I'm doing a basic outline of equipment, camera features, shot planning, shot composition, and lighting. I was going to mention the rule of thirds as a general rule of thumb. Does anyone know the history of the rule of thirds or perhaps the origin. I have to cite all of my sources..

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    I don't know about the exact origin of this rule, but I know a lot of people claim it comes from the "Golden Mean". This is a blending of math and art to produce a pleasing composition. A detailed analysis can be found here:

    Whether or not the rule of thirds really does derive directly from the golden mean, I can't say. But I think it is relevant and at least it's an interesting historical perspective on composition.
    Dave Owen


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