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

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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!

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