One reason that I love photography is that the freedom it gives. You can shoot whatever you want and whenever you want. Your choice, become your uniqueness, your originality. And I can see how amazing a lot of photos from many different photographers created in their own uniqueness. Which is why many people asked, is there such thing as rule in photography?
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Create your own Uniqueness
When you think about it, freedom in your shot creates a uniqueness to your shot, which I think you will love yourself. But how about others who see your photograph. Are they gonna feel the same way?
Take this, for example, I always take a shot from a unique perspective. Like taking sideways, trying diagonal angles, or taking photos directly to the sun. And I love it and I’m sure others will too.
No matter of fact, YOU ARE NOT OTHER PEOPLE. So how do you know what they feel like? Maybe they don’t like it. Or even make them dizzy. And there come the criticizing. Maybe harsh, sometimes insightful, many spamming.
“You’re shot bad, FIX THE ANGLE”
“You shouldn’t photograph in front of the sun”
“You better use the rule of thirds”
And many more like that. Probably you have had this kind of comment before. But what I am interested in is what is it in photographers’ minds when they hear such comments?
From what I see, from others who receive this kind of comment, that they also complain, feel unappreciated, and angry. There are even many who said something like, “this is my uniqueness, my way, my art. And I don’t need to follow the rule for that.”
Another question, what rule?
I’m sure you have heard about the rule of thirds, which is for composition purposes where you position you’re subject in the photo.
Even though it has the word “rule” in it, but it’s not a rule. What I can say is it is more like a guide that helps us take a better shot and look great by others. Those guides are a collection of experiences in visual art. And because of that, the guide is a choice that you can choose. Unlike rules that you have to obey.
So a word of advice, if you are still an amateur, you probably should learn a lot about those guides. Trust me, it helps a lot.
This post is talking about how do you visualize your photography. Which doesn’t have rules, merely a guide. Another story for professionals. Which have rules and ethical codes that they have to obey.