Bre ak the rules
Capture more interesting and original images on your very next shoot by breaking with convention and taking an unorthodox approach to your photography
Photography is art, and art is all about personal expression. Armed with a camera, you have the freedom to express yourself in whatever way you choose. You can take pictures of anything and, despite what you may have heard from various competitions, judging panels, teachers or social media forums, the idea of what makes a ‘good’ photo is entirely subjective. A photo doesn’t need to be pin-sharp to be good. It doesn’t need to follow the rule of thirds, or be taken under perfect light, or have the highest number of pixels. All it has to do is to speak to you, to capture something that is beautiful, or important, or that may otherwise have been lost.
Conventions and rules are there to be broken. On this the great photographers all seem to be in agreement. Diane Arbus, master of the eccentric portrait, saw it like this: “There’s a kind of rightness and wrongness and sometimes I like rightness and sometimes I like wrongness.” So with that in mind, over the next ten pages we’ll offer a few ideas and suggestions to help you turn convention on its head (or on the case of our opening image, its side). Either think of these suggestions as a springboard for further exploration or – in the spirit of thinking outside the box – disregard them and come up with your own list!