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Rules, Rules, And More Rules.


I just wanted to write a quick article about photography rules. Have you ever heard of “the rule of thirds?” If not, you can simply use Google to search more information on it. In essence, “the rule of thirds” is one of many photographic rules that deals with a photo’s composition. This widely practiced rule simply means, that the subject your focusing on must take up 2/3 of a photo (or half). By using “the rule of thirds,” your showing the viewer what you as a photographer is focusing on (the subject of interest in the photo). This is also one of the reasons why photography teachers stress cropping on every photo. Some photographers are strong believers of this rule, and encourage other photographers to do the same. Well, the reason why I brought up this subject; I want to illustrate to my readers that this rule isn’t etched in stone, or doesn’t apply to ever photo, and or that there are exceptions to this rule. I found the above photo that actually won a recent photo contest. The photo is very beautiful, yet simple. But the reason why I’ve picked this photo was because, not only did this photo win a contest, it does NOT follow “the rule of thirds” rule. How do I figure? Well, if I use “the rule of thirds” logic, the subject of interest in this photo is the sky, however it’s not, it’s actually the bird on the wire (which covers only 1/3 the photo). So, If I was unwavering in my “beliefs” that you MUST use “the rule of thirds,” this would have been rejected and viewed as a bad composition/incomplete photo. As I’ve always said before, learning the fundamentals of photography is extremely important, you can’t get away from that. However, if you focus too much on every single rule that “you’re supposed to do” in photography,  you’ll never be free to think clearly enough, and be your own individual photographer, and NOT a follower.

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