Exploring your rules.
Like everything else, photography has rules, and this week's photo journal prompt is to address the picture-taking rules that have been drilled into my head and discover how they may be inhibiting my artistic growth.
I think of the main areas in composition-rule of thirds, subject not in the center, keep it simple;not too busy.
This past weekend, I was shooting photos at the beach but when later viewed them on the computer, I made changes because the "rules" told me I should not have my picture look like that. Others I deleted because they were "too busy." I did not want to keep these photos only because they were wrong-according to the rules.
|Too busy, centered focus , not divided into thirds|
But I like it!
The photo on the left is the original, but the tree is centered.
The cropped version on the right lost some of the scenes, just so the tree would be out of the way. I like the original better and feels more spread out and relaxed. So what if the tree is in the middle? The palm fronds splay out like an umbrella and seems to encompass the entire scene.
I wanted the rock as my focal point when I composed this photo but did not follow the "Rule of Thirds."
When I cropped to make it fit the rule, I lost both the rock and the focus on it's striations.
The photo below also breaks all the rules but it's one of my favorites from the batch. Centered, yes, but it's balanced. Busy, yes, but I wanted to capture all the colors and ambiance of the scene. No rule of thirds -unless you count color - (yellow, green and blue)
Guess I'm a late bloomer.