As one of the first lessons we learn when starting out in photography, the rule of thirds plays a big part. It is how we position a photograph to bring out the best visually and is more pleasing to the eye so gives the photo balance. Balance sounds funny when using a third rule, you would think it would be half but strangely no.
By imagining two horizontal and vertical lines, much like in the game of Naughts and Crosses, when taking a photo be mindful of placing objects within the scene either one third or two thirds the way into the photo, either horizontally or vertically. This balances the scene out in a more pleasing way and highlights the object you place there.
Also to highlight a specific subject more effectively, put it at one of the intersections between the two intersecting grid lines. If photographing a single subject, ie a flower, it is better to place it one third into the photo leaving space for the rest of the scene rather than putting it in the middle which is what we tend to do.
In landscapes be mindful to place either the sky or ground either two thirds of the scene or one depending on which you want to emphasize more.
In my picture this week I took a photo of Shornecliffe Pier last June which shows how I positioned the photo. The end of the pier is two thirds across the scene. The 2nd lamp post sits on the one third vertical line and horizontally at the same intersection the pier itself starts off at this point.
Of course its not always easy to do this but by trying to place at least one part of the scene in this way will help to have a more effective photo.
For more WPC Rule of Thirds photo please go to the link here.