Taking a look at the rules of composition, I explored a bit with my camera. I have a definite signature style (up close and personal). Using ALL of the rules takes practice, and I skipped symmetry altogether for now. I think I learned the most from exploring the use of simple backgrounds. I like how my dog's face just pops out of the image!
1. Filling Your Frame: I have no problem with this one!
2. Simple Backgrounds: Not that Izzy would look bad in most other situations, but she looks even better with nothing to distract from her curious little face.
3. Rule of Thirds: Photo 1 has a nice use of the rule of thirds, as well. This picture of a Hen and Chick Cactus features colors and shading that serve as natural breaks in the photo.
7. Using Lines to Emphasize the Subject: The plain lines in the background draw attention to our friend the Sock Monkey.
8. Use of Negative Space/Depth of Field: The background here blurred so nicely, that it also works as a sort of white (green?) space, leaving just the flowers as the center of attention.