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Break the Rules
« on: May 31, 2014, 07:08:22 PM »

Break the Rules

I?ll get straight to the point ? learn the rules first ( you can start here - http://photographyclubofindia.com/boards/index.php?topic=1654.0)

Implement the rules.....then learn how to break them.

I?ve always felt that photographs which stick to the rules are more often than not better than photographs which break the rules.

There are however some exceptions.

These are photographs where the photographer has adopted a carefully planned approach ? he/ she has decided to break the rules and is aware of the fact that a photo which doesn?t adhere to the rules will not have the same impact as one that does.

Example ? a photograph where you forgot to put the horizon off centre and left it in the middle of the frame is not a good example of breaking the rules. However a photograph which you shot knowing that the horizon should be off centre but you put it in the centre for a specific purpose ? would be an example of breaking the rules.

Whether this action of yours ends up as a better photograph than the one you would have got had you adhered to the rules is another story altogether.

Well now that you?ve decided you want to break the rules, here are some ?rules? on how to break the rules. Feel free to add your photos and thoughts to this post.


1 ? rule : subject should be off centre ? break this rule by putting the subject in the centre of the frame.
This will work if there is some element of symmetry in the photograph.
So if you?ve got something on the left and the right which is identical to each other then the image with a subject in the centre will work.
It also will work if you?ve got something around the subject which is in the form of a circle like a slash in the water. So a photo with a splash can be put in the centre ? the effect of the water moving outwards from the centre will balance the composition.

2 ? rule : subject  should look into the frame ? break it by leaving less space in front of the subject and more behind the subject. This will work if you?ve got light in front of the subject and darkness behind the subject. So the subject is looking out of the frame but it is facing the area which has light or brightness in it.

3 ? rule : images should be tack sharp ? break the rule by shooting with a slower shutter ? move the camera while pressing the shutter button.

4 ? rule : images should be in focus ? break the rule by shooting a photograph that is blurred. As long as you manage to do this in a creative manner it will work. Focus in front of the subject or behind but not on the subject. Don?t blur it too much though ..the trick here is to get just enough blur so that things look blurred but not too blurred.

5 ? rule : horizon should be straight ? break the rule by shooting at an angle?so you don?t hold the camera in portrait or landscape mode?instead you hold it somewhere in between.

Post some photos here where you?ve broken the rules. Will be interesting to see what everyone comes up with...


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Re: Break the Rules
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2014, 07:17:14 PM »
Some samples from me...shot some time ago..off late I seem to have become a stickler for rules...

« Last Edit: June 28, 2017, 03:51:44 PM by theqca »
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Re: Break the Rules
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2014, 07:40:50 PM »
A few more examples...


« Last Edit: May 31, 2014, 07:43:07 PM by Ayaz »
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Re: Break the Rules
« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2014, 10:16:49 PM »
Nice tips ,Ayaz. I like the way you write , simply and systematically.

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Re: Break the Rules
« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2014, 11:49:16 AM »
Great writeup ayazbhai.....I was really waiting for this topic but wonder how I missed it  >:( ......
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Re: Break the Rules
« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2014, 05:45:18 PM »
Very 'useful' guidelines Ayaz. Well written. Break them and make them !  :D

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Re: Break the Rules
« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2014, 04:37:22 PM »
Thanks guys..if you've got some sample images from your attempts in breaking the rules - do post them here on this thread!!
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