The rule of thirds is one of those basic rules of composition that I like playing around with to see the different effects it can have on the same subject. Basically you make a tic-tac-toe grid on your camera (a lot of cameras will have an option for you to display the grid on your screen) and then you put objects of interest on the intersections of those lines.
If you have a bit of time, here’s one of my favorite silly DigitalRev videos – Teaching Girls How to Take Photos (SPOOF PARODY). There’s an amusing part where Kai likens the rule of thirds to a waffle – bam, bam, bam, BOSH!
So here’s my off-center rule of thirds photo:
This was taken in New Orleans, in the St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square. If you can imagine the grid, the statue is on the right hand line and the altar in the blurred out background would be on the intersection of the left and top line. So it adds a bit of interest to have something in the foreground and also in the distant background too, all on those points of interest.
And the rule of thirds is so nice, I had to do it twice!
This photo was from a trip to England in the Lake District. The bird in focus is once again on the right line, and the second flying bird in that top corner intersection again. I also like the lines of the piers in the background as well, lending a bit of visual interest.
And if it’s the rule of thirds, you gotta finish it off with a third picture right?!
Goodbye with a sunset at Sunset Beach in Cape May, NJ!