In both photos, I decided to use the lines on my deck as leading lines in order to draw the viewers attention towards the focal point of the image; my dogs. Personally, I believe that the second picture came out much better than the first because of the angle it was taken at. I focused on making sure to have leading lines coming from the corners of my image, both have leading lines coming in from the bottom corners. Overall, I think that leading lines do help make an image more interesting if they are used correctly.
The two images above demonstrate the rule of thirds. The rule of thirds is that the photo should have a focal point that is set on one of the crosshairs if an image were to be separated into a 3 by 3 group of squares. In the first image, I set it up so that my hand would be the focal point. I placed my hand so that it would be centered on the imaginary crosshairs, this making it apply to the rule of thirds. For the second image, I also used by hand, but this time I tried to make it smaller and only hit the top right crosshair. Overall I believe that the pictures came out better than they would have if I were to just take them without the knowledge of the rule of thirds. I think that that the rule of thirds definitely allows the photographer to take better-angled shots and also make their pictures more interesting.