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Rule of Thirds

Breaking the Rules: Ignoring the Rule of Thirds

Breaking the Rules: Ignoring the Rule of Thirds

I’m not going to say, “Rules were meant to be broken”, because everyone already knows that. Besides, it’s such a cliché. So I’ll just say that in photography, the word “rule” doesn’t mean the same thing as at means, say, in politics. Not that it means anything there, either.

In photography, rules are like pirate code: they’re really more like guidelines. You can break them, but you need to have a good reason. So to help you along in that goal, I’d like to welcome you to my series on breaking photography rules, starting with the grand master of all photography rules, the rule of thirds.
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Why Does the Rule of Thirds Work?

Why Does the Rule of Thirds Work?

Rules. They started in school and seem to follow us through life. They’re made to give guidance. They’re made to keep peace in the valley. And, some would say they’re made to be broken.

If there’s one place rules are meant to be broken, it’s in anything creative. The catch is, if you’re going to break them, you have to know them in the first place. Photography’s Rule of Thirds is the perfect example of this. A lot of beginning photographers break this rule because they simply and innocently don’t know it exists. But, a seasoned photographer, one who knows better, not only abides by the rule, but knows best how to bend or break it.
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When It’s Okay To Break The Rules Of Photography

When It’s Okay To Break The Rules Of Photography

We’ve spent so much time talking about what you should and shouldn’t do in photography that we often forget that there is a time and a place to break the rules. You’ve heard about the rule of thirds before, but did you know that it’s okay to break it every once in awhile? Or what about the assumption that your subject always has to be in focus? Did you know you can create some pretty surreal effects by leaving your subject unfocused?

In this article, we’ll discuss some very useful rules in photography, why they’re important, and when it’s okay to break them. Sometimes you can get a better photo or a more interesting interpretation of a scene when you consciously decide to forego a few conventions. Give the following bits of advice a try and see what happens.
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