Composition of a picture can attract or dispel a viewer's attention. Have you noticed that things look different - interesting or not - depending on their position in a photo? There are several simple rules used in painting and photography that can help you to make a picture look better.

Don't put your model exactly in the center of a shot unless you want to make a photo for one's passport or a very formal picture. Moving object of a photo session anywhere but center makes a shot much more dynamic, thus making more eye-catchy.

Try the great rule of thirds. Every time you look through a camera's view finder or at a display screen of a cam, imagine two lines that divide the view into three equal parts vertically and two lines that divide the view into three equal horizontal parts. The best position for a model or an object is one of the four crossing points. Do not overload the shot by accentuating more than one point; otherwise it might distract the eye. Mind that things look good when positioned along one of the imaginable lines as well. You can clearly see this in some scenery pictures as land and sky are composed the way that one of them occupies two thirds of a picture.

Change strict vertical or horizontal compositions to slantwise. The simpler your object is the more difficult it is to make it appear dynamic. If you picture a straight highway or a row of apples, horizontal/vertical composition can make the shot numb. Diagonal arrangement grabs the eye's attention in one of the corners and leads viewer to the opposite corner through whole photo. Most people subconsciously pay attention to the lower left corner first, and expect the center of interest to be put on the right side of a picture. This happens because many of us read left-to-right and take this sequence as natural. Diagonal composition is easy to arrange and efficiently fulfils the left-to-right interest.

Search for an interesting frame; it will help viewer to focus attention to the framed thing. Also, a frame gives a perspective view because one part of a picture guides to another this way. The frame doesn't have to be obviously noticed; it can be couple of trees in front of a beautiful lake or a model surrounded by curtains that make her more outstanding.

Try simple compositions before you try to take a picture of something cluttering and overloaded with things. Keep it simple, if there's more than one thing accentuated in one picture, it might be too complicated for a viewer to decide where to look. The easiest way to highlight a certain part of a photo is to make the focus appear on it while leaving everything else blurred. However if the blurred part is too colorful or motley it can still distract the eye.

You can't force people to look at photos made by you, but a good composition can do it easily. If none of these suggestions works for you, give way to your imagination! Rules are made to be broken; maybe the way you compose pictures is going to be the next big invention in photography.