One of the basic composition techniques in photography that I learned and started to really embrace is the “Rule of Third”. It is by positioning your subject off center and at the points (four of them) when you divide the canvas or paper into three equal parts horizontally and vertically. By doing this, the viewer would not only look point blank at the subject but rather would allow his eyes to rotate around the entire picture.
The “rule of third” is not however an absolute rule in photography. There are always exception since there are also other composition techniques that one photographer could use. But as for me, this rule may continue to be my guiding principle in my work as I discover my own style and brand.