|Clasped - Tehachapi, California|
|Three Cold Tree Trunks - Tehachapi, California|
One easy way to increase the impact of an image is to exploit this rule. Group items by three when composing your photographs. The difference in visual impact between an image which has three of the same items in it compared to an image which has two or four of the same items is significant.
|Three Agave - Goodyear, Arizona|
The number three has a balance that we recognize and appreciate. There is a harmony and symmetry in the number three. Use the Rule of Three when you want those attributes in your photographs.
If you want an imbalance in your photographs, do not use the Rule of Three. If you want an uneasiness in your images, group like objects in even numbers.
The Rule of Three applies to so much more than just photography. It is used in all mediums of art, it is used in presentations and speeches, it is used in plays and movies, it is used in books and comedy. Our minds respond well to the number three.
I want to repeat that rules are meant to be broken. I don't use the Rule of Three all of the time. But it is helpful to understand what the rule is so that when the time is appropriate you'll be able to effectively use it.
|Three Hoses - Tehachapi, California|
|Three Ducks - Goodyear, Arizona|
|Three Palms - San Diego, California|