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I have always tried to crop with the cross points match up at the eye with the body in one third of the frame, not sure if that’s achieving the rule of thirds. Maybe I don’t understand it fully enough. Can anyone explain if my view is too simplistic? I believe you are supposed to place your points of interests at the intersections of the grid, while keeping it within 1/3 of the photo space?

Would you say keeping joints is more important than making sure the cross points of the grid are aligned at the eyes?

And I really appreciate the critique! I will work on this during my next shoot.