I have a lot of people ask me alot how I do just that. So I thought I would share a bit of my knowledge in hopes that someone may find this usefull.
Most of everything that I learned about photography was self taught. I was recommended books to read which was very helpful. For the most part my knowledge came from reading and practicing. This is one of the very first things I learned about photography, Rule of Thirds.
Rule of Thirds
The very first concept to understand about about how to make a good or interesting picture is the "rule of thirds". Imagine a tic tac toe board in the center of your viewfinder. Most cameras actually have these as a setting for you to see.. Yep!! There is a reason for those lines!!!
Why do we use Rule of Thirds? It is what makes a picture interesting and better.. Here is the difference.
When we use one of the thirds in a picture it makes the image more dynamic. Our point of interest is clearly visible and we find it appealing.
Below is an example of a typical photo you might take or see. The man in this photo is placed directly in the middle of the frame.
Here is an example of using the Rule of Thirds. Basically the image is still the same, a single person posed for a portrait shot, but now we have a more appealing image to look at.
Which image is more appealing to you?
The "Rule of Thirds" can be applied to any kind of photography such as portraits, landscape, sports, abstract, ect... This is a simple thing that can change the quality and appeal of any pictures. We want our focal points to be noticeable and dynamic. Using this rule will help improve your pictures majorly if you aren't already using this simple technique!
Here are some examples from my own work.