Composition is an essential topic of travel photography. Beside the rule of thirds, there are more visual conventions that make travel pictures more pleasing and interesting to look at. For example, diagonals can add some dynamism to the image by leading the viewer’s eye into the picture itself. They create points of interest by adding action to the photograph and lead the eye to the photograph’s main subject or point of interest. Diagonals can give depth to the single image by suggesting perspective. Just think about a S-shape road, a sweep of buildings or arches or a people’s procession.
The rule of thirds applies to the process of composing photographs and turn useful also in travel photography.
Try to imagine your camera’s viewing screen is divided into nine equal parts by two equally-spaced horizontal lines and two equally-spaced vertical lines and that important compositional elements should be placed along these lines or their intersections. By aligning the subject of your photo along these lines or their intersections, you get an image with more tension, energy and interest in the composition than simply centering the subject would.
The photograph to the left demonstrates the application of the rule of thirds.
The horizon sits at the horizontal line dividing the lower third of the photo from the upper two-thirds. The trees sit at the intersection of two lines, sometimes called sweet spot.