Sticking to the rules has never helped anyone get beyond the basics. An amateur is more afraid to experiment with new things than a professional, and they adhere to the same rules. The latter, however, will try new things and deliver something unexpected. This is something that every professional photographer has done at least once. Photographers with a trained eye can see those unusual compositions are more likely to fail than those with less experience.
We have already discussed the basic composition rules for photography. Today we will look at how other photographers can break these rules and still show off their photography skills.
Against the rule of thirds
Rule of Thirds is when you divide your screen into three and place your subject at each intersecting line. This allows the eye to perceive the photograph more visually. You are correct! It doesn’t matter if you place your subject in the center of the frame or to the side. It won’t stop you from getting great shots.
Fill the frame in the wrong way.
According to some, filling the frame will eliminate distractions and ensure that your subject is the only focus of the shot. This rule is broken if you don’t fill your frame as they instructed you in art school. Use background and foreground elements that do not compete with your subject’s attention. Negative space, simple backgrounds and other elements can draw attention dramatically.
Looking into the light
Photographers learn early on that the best way to ensure that your subject is properly illuminated is to use the light source behind them. It doesn’t have to be perfect. It is possible to shoot in the opposite direction. It is possible to create dramatic effects by displaying the silhouette of your subject against a background.
A second important rule is to keep your camera horizontally parallel to your subject. This is especially important for landscape photography. Do not be tempted to take the perfect shot. Instead, tilt your camera to add drama to the scene. This is one way to surprise your audience and make them question the rules of photography.
Obvious Motion Blur
A shaky camera is a bad idea in photography. If you move your camera with purpose and intention, it can create a wonderful sense of movement. Slower shutter speeds are best for blurring your subject. Keep one part of the image sharp to avoid blurring. It’s abstract art, if anyone asks.
Taking advantage midday sun
It’s common knowledge that the best time for photography is in the mornings before the sun sets. Do not let the moment pass you, and some moments are too precious to miss. This rule is there to ensure you have long shadows and nicer tones. Shooting when the sun is at its peak can produce crisp shadows and interesting lighting settings.
You may have heard about the dangers of splitting images into two identical halves. It would be best if you did not miss the chance to capture those beautiful reflections. This technique can be used to cut down your photos in half. Some photographers have discovered new worlds through this method. Because of its simplicity, an image like this can have more impact. You can also edit these images as shown in the following example:
Limitations of manual mode
Manual photography is preferred because you have more control over details like lighting and depth of field. You can produce better photos when you have complete control. This is true, but it’s not necessary to produce great photos. Sometimes, you have to do it quickly. You can always change to auto in those situations and shoot RAW. Then you can edit it later.
You can always modify your photos later (or not).
Last but not least, you can always edit your photos later. You can’t edit your photos later, so get out of that mindset. Although post-processing is undoubtedly the best tool for photographers, you must cut down on this dependence. This can affect your ability to make informed decisions when you are out shooting. You will notice a shift in your approach to work if you start taking great shots and not trying to fix them later.
We are not here to rebel. The rules of photography can be helpful guides that help you to learn better compositions and guide you through your learning stages. Now that you are a professional, it is time to break the rules and create memorable pieces. First, learn the rules and then join others in breaking them like a pro.