"Bow down to the rule of thirds" beckoned my photography tutor, "AVOID the centre square of doom!"
As a video producer this principal has stuck with me throughout my career, not only does it cause you to truly think about the composition of your picture, but it also allows you to create a much more visually appealing image all together.
On a basic level, when you are constructing your image, imagine your world like a noughts and crosses board. The focus of you image should be contained in one of these "boxes" with visually interesting parts of your image falling on the intersections of these lines. Try to put eyes on your top line (or in a group, top and bottom lines), but try to avoid that centre square, placing images here tends to lead to visually boring photos.
The human eye tends to wander, use this to your advantage and try to incorporate leading lines in your photos, like the road in the photo above, or the birds wing in the photo below.
I will keep on using the rule of thirds with the vast majority of my photography and video work, but this video has definitely opened my eyes to different techniques and let me discover again, that sometimes its good to think outside the box.
"Why not both?" Old el paso meme- the internet.
If my photography teacher reads this, I am not sorry.