How to use the diagonal gridlines?

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by steve123, Dec 12, 2012.

  1. steve123

    steve123 Mu-43 Rookie

    Dec 1, 2012
    How do you use the diagonal gridlines for setting up a shot? I kind of get the rule of thirds for the vert/horizontal gridlines. Is the rule of thirds used with the diagonal lines or are the diagonal gridlines used without out regard to the rule of thirds? Thanks.
  2. David A

    David A Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 30, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
    Basically the idea is to line significant features of the scene up on the diagonals.

    The Rule of Thirds is not the only "rule" of composition, there are a lot of different ways of composing an image besides the Rule of Thirds. I recently read an analysis of Cartier-Bresson's images which pointed out several techniques he used including diagonals. None of the images used to illustrate that analysis used the Rule of Thirds.

    The analysis I mentioned can be found at:

    That may give you some ideas on diagonal and other means of composing images other than the rule of thirds.
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  3. steve123

    steve123 Mu-43 Rookie

    Dec 1, 2012
    Awesome reference David. Really.