While the subject is usually in the center of the photo, that doesn’t always have to be the case. Being in the area just left or right of the center, for example, will work just fine. This is called the rule of thirds.
Imagine breaking up your photo into three equal parts, from left to right. The imaginary lines you make on the left and on the right of the center serve as the areas you could place the subject.
Some images will look best with the focal point in the center square, but placing the subject off center will often create a more aesthetically composed photograph. When a photograph is composed using the rule of thirds the eyes will wander the frame. A picture composed by the rule of thirds is more interesting and pleasing to the eye.
(Note: the rule of thirds also works vertically.)
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