The Rule of Thirds and a McDonald's Hamburger No matter where you go in the United States, you can purchase a McDonald's hamburger. From New York to Buffalo, Kentucky to Ohio makes no difference. In fact, I can guarantee you that the McDonald's hamburger you bought in Wisconsin is identical to the one you purchased in Florida; it will have the same taste, smell, condiments, size and so on. There is no difference from burger to burger.
Using the Rule of Thirds for design in art and photography is like purchasing a McDonald's hamburger. Every composition looks identical because the artist is continuously applying the same horizontal and vertical divisions in all of their work. Don't believe me? Need a few examples? Do a Google search on the "Rule of Thirds" and click on "images" at the top of the menu bar. What you will discover is, regardless of the content, subject matter, etc., all the compositions have the same cookie-cutter appearance.
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