Apply the rule of thirds 

Grid with thirdsImagine that an image is made up of nine equal parts, divided by two equally-spaced horizontal lines and two equally-spaced vertical lines. All important compositional elements should be placed along these lines or where the lines intersect.

Photographing the subject off centre creates interest. Generally, the middle centre is the weakest place to locate the subject of your photo.

 

 

How is the rule of thirds not applied here?
Landscape, Kate Whitley, 2010.
Landscape, Kate Whitley, 2010.

How is the rule of thirds applied here?
Landscape, Kate Whitley, 2010.
Landscape, Kate Whitley, 2010.

 

See how Brake has used the rule of thirds in these two images:

 

Egypt. From a series on ancient Egypt for 'Life' 1967, Brake, Brian (1927–1988), Egypt. Gift of Mr Raymond Wai-Man Lau, 2001. Te Papa
Egypt. From a series on ancient Egypt for 'Life' 1967, Brake, Brian (1927–1988), Egypt. Gift of Mr Raymond Wai-Man Lau, 2001. Te Papa
Sydney. Taken for 'Sydney: Great cities' 1978, Brake, Brian (1927–1988), Sydney. Gift of Mr Raymond Wai-Man Lau, 2001. Te Papa
Sydney. Taken for 'Sydney: Great cities' 1978, Brake, Brian (1927–1988), Sydney. Gift of Mr Raymond Wai-Man Lau, 2001. Te Papa