Placing your subject off-center in your frame can seem unnatural. When we think about our subject, it seems logical to just plonk it in the center of your image and, ta-da, you have your masterpiece. Well, sometimes, it really isn't that simple. Placing subjects in the center of the frame can lead to static images that are drab and contain no context or “life”.
When Will Your Subject Be In The Centre Of Your Image?
Ok, so as always, rules and precedents are always there to be broken. So when might you place your focal point in the center of an image?
Answer: You might put your subject in the center of your photograph if you are capturing great symmetry.
If you take a look at the photograph below, the “light at the end of the tunnel” is in the center of the frame, but the symmetry and geometry are what makes this image dynamic. However, most subjects benefit from having the focal point off-center.