When taking photographs, it is important to have an idea, a picture, of what you will be shooting in your mind. This does not mean that you have to predetermine exactly what you are going to photograph. Instead, there are techniques that you can keep in mind that will help create a great, classic photograph.
One of these techniques that I use in my photographs is called the "rule of thirds." This means that when I am going to shoot something, my eye splits the viewfinder into three sections—left third, center third, and right third. By adopting this technique taught in art schools, the everyday photographer will be able to take photographs that are truly art.
If you look at my photographs here on www.stockopp.com, you will also notice they tend to have vanishing points, the visual focus or interest point of the picture which gives the viewer a natural point of entry. This technique adds to the overall design element of the photograph and is a direct byproduct of the rule of thirds. Below is a photograph I shot of the Millennium Bridge in London that displays both the rule of thirds and vanishing point techinques.
Try these techniques the next time you shoot. See if the rule of thirds helps enhance the dynamic level of your photographs. Feel free to leave us a comment below or send an email about the blog to firstname.lastname@example.org.