Rules are there to be broken, right?
Well, perhaps not in general, however, some rules of photography can and should be broken. Most hobby photographers (of which I am one) have heard of all the compositional rules; the rule of thirds, the balancing of elements in a shot, leading lines, framing, etc, etc. As I embarked on my photographic journey I started reading about composition. I especially remember learning about the rule of thirds, whereby you place the main subject in your shot at the intersection of or along the imaginary two horizontal and two vertical lines that divide your photo up into 9 equal segments. Every photo I took from thereon in was following that rule; in most cases this worked out fine and gave me some really nice and pleasing images. However, it didn’t work for every image and I couldn’t understand why that was until I delved some more into the subject of composition and learned that sometimes you need to break that rule and place your subject smack in the middle of the frame.
Since taking photography more serious over 6 years ago I have learned that there really are no rules, look at them as guidelines, learn about them, use them when it makes your photo better, but don’t be restricted by them. Go and break the rules and be as artistic as you want to be to express your vision – be Imperfect!