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Rules, Rules, Rules

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scfalls-0002bw1My latest post on Photographers.com.au is now up, I hope you will go and check it out.  It is about the rules that we follow or don’t follow about composition.

Please take a look, here is the link to the post

Rules, Rules, Rules  and it would be great if you could let me know on that blog what you think.

Can I just add, that all the photos in the post are from my film days.  One taken in my first couple of months of getting a SLR camera.

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  1. Just been over to take a look, and I agree that it should be what you think the image needs, rather than slavishly sticking to rules…. nonetheless, we will often find an image does look best if we have (often unconsciously) taken heed of a rule or two!

    November 27, 2013
    • I agree, absolutely, sometimes it is best, and sometimes it is good to through them out the window. Thanks for going over and taking a look, I really appreciate it.

      November 27, 2013
  2. Great topic. I think it’s useful to know the ‘rules’… to look for thirds, leading lines, focal points etc… but how they influence a composition depends on the image and what you want to convey. Once you know what the ‘rules’ are, you can mess with them and make them work for you in creative and unexpected ways — at least that’s the theory : )

    November 27, 2013
    • I totally agree Anna, it is good to know them, be aware of them, think about them when you are taking a photo, but don’t let them control what you are doing.

      November 27, 2013
  3. Rules are meant to be bent in many instances. You have learned how to bend them with excellence.

    November 27, 2013
    • Thank you John, I do like to bend, or ignore them. :)

      November 27, 2013
  4. Excellent article. I completely agree with this rules of composition business. I see them more as guidelines not hard and fast rules.

    Definitely “do what you want.”

    November 27, 2013
    • Thank you, it is interesting, and I definitely agree with you.

      November 27, 2013
  5. thank you for providing guardrails for creativity

    November 27, 2013
    • You are welcome, I hope you got something from it.

      November 27, 2013
  6. That was a great post indeed Leanna and I agree with what Ardys said as well. :D *hugs*

    November 27, 2013
    • Thank you Sonel, so lovely to hear from you again. Lots of hugs back.

      November 27, 2013
  7. Once you have learned the rules, and only then can you deviate, of course understanding when you should.

    November 27, 2013
    • I think that is great advice and the right way to think about it. Thanks

      November 27, 2013
  8. There are rules and there are exceptions to the rule )) In Russia lots of artists say ‘I’m an artist and I see so’ )

    November 27, 2013
    • That is also true, I think artists tend to deviate from the rules a lot more, trying to push and find new ways. Thank you.

      November 27, 2013
  9. There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs. – Ansel Adams

    November 27, 2013
    • It is a good quote, though I think people learning photography should learn the rules, to start with. Thanks

      November 27, 2013
      • I agree with learning the rules to start with… :)

        November 27, 2013
      • :)

        November 27, 2013
  10. Great post. I think knowing the rules is really important – so when you break them, it’s for a bloody good reason! As a new photographer, it was good to know what others thought was “good”, now though, I just do what i like and that’s good enough for me.

    November 27, 2013
    • I agree with you, it is very good to know what the rules are and then deciding if you will follow them or not. It is amazing though how often the rules do really make a better image, but there are times when you just can’t follow them to get the shot you want. Thank you.

      November 28, 2013
  11. Here is a question for you do you use Textures in your pieces in PS or LR? On a site I sell my photography on we were given a link to it for $20 US a lot could be purchased I do not know how to use them and I don’t really know if they could do anything with the type of photos I take but I thought of you.

    November 27, 2013
    • I use textures on some of my images in PS. I don’t use LR, I don’t like LR, but that is me. I am a bit confused, what were you give a link to, $20 for what. I tend not to buy textures, as I take my own, and there are so many free textures on the internet as well. I think I have about 800 now, so many. Thanks for thinking of me though, I do appreciate that.

      November 28, 2013
      • OK know it was hundreds for $20 OK was sure you did your own from the web but like I said I thought of you :)

        November 28, 2013
      • Thank you for thinking of me, I do really appreciate it, though I have to admit, I do like using my own, that way I know that there are no restrictions. Some of them are free, or you pay, but then they want credit and all sorts of things. It is like really. Haha. Thanks again. :)

        November 28, 2013
      • OK lol

        November 28, 2013
      • :)

        November 28, 2013
      • :)

        November 28, 2013
  12. I might say, somewhat facetiously, that you don’t need even to know the rules or anything about composition; all you need is five years’ experience with a large format camera, composing back to front on the glass plate.

    November 28, 2013
    • And I might say, that not many people have access to a large format camera for a day, let alone 5 years. So I think for most of us to do need to know those rules of composition to begin with.

      November 28, 2013
  13. I like the post and the idea to think how to use the rules. It is necessary to know very well and remember the rules to find the better way to break them down and to stay in not conflict with the conservative point of view. We never had Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs, Mark Chagall, and other famous scientists, innovators, artists etc., if they followed the rules with closed eyes. Everybody has to be flexible even critiques.

    November 28, 2013
    • That is very true, and experimentation is a very important part of any art, or science. I also think critiques need to be flexible, and that was the problem I had with the camera club, there was no flexibility, which was so disappointing. Part of the reason I left. I would see all these amazing images in magazines, and if I tried some, they would be slammed, because they were too experimental, which was a shame. Thank you Lautal.

      November 28, 2013
  14. i hate rules, but this is an exception rules. :D

    November 28, 2013
  15. Wonderful! Photos of the nature are my passion.

    December 1, 2013
  16. leo @ realreality productions #

    lovely

    December 3, 2013
  17. Bending the rules is something I consider necessary, Leanne, in order to create an image which makes the viewer stop, look at for a time, and think about it.

    When I first began shooting video, the man I worked for was very intense re: the rule of thirds, and would not accept anything else as “good” video. Over time, though, I helped him see that what he thought was “good” was completely boring, and would not help his business or reputation grow. When he began allowing me to shoot how I saw things, he marveled at the outcome when the videos were edited.

    Rules…meant to be (in many circumstances) bent or even broken!

    December 4, 2013

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