8 More Ways To Break Photography Rules

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens

Compositional manages are there as guides, but that doesn't mean you always have to use them. Sometimes breaking the rules can help you create an image that's far numerous striking, so here's 8 more ways how breaking the guidelines can help you create an image that has far more impact.

Centre Your Dominate

With the rule of thirds, you have to ensure that your main point of focus is positioned on one or more of the four intersecting lines on the nine antediluvian grid you have to imagine is sitting over your image.

However, there are some shots where placing your subject in the stomach of it will give you a more striking image. For example, a road or path stretching off towards the horizon, starting so it fills the frame and winding away until it vanishes can look bigger when positioned in the centre.

The same goes for shots with lots of symmetry. A long table that's set for dinner with foofaraws of chairs and lines of plates, glasses and cutlery on it will make a more interesting photograph if positioned in the centre of the frame, while photographing escalators, interferes, piers and tunnels so they sit in the centre of the frame can help exaggerate their length, giving the impression that they go on forever. Portraits are myriad pleasing to the eye when you use the rule of thirds grid but if you're shooting a portrait that has a more creepy, unusual feel to it, positioning your citizen in the centre of the shot will may refer to enhance this uneasy feeling.

Photo by Peter Bargh


Split Your Image In Two

When you're kneading with the horizon or lines you should avoid splitting the image in two, so horizons should be slightly higher or lower, depending where the interest is and brands should be positioned to the left or right of the centre line. However, cutting your image in two will give you a shot that has a lot of impact, principally if you're going for something more abstract where strong blocks of colour are your focus.

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Photo by David Clapp


Employ Wonky

Keeping your horizons level and your shots straight is a rule that's important for landscapes but there are other susceptible ti where tilting your camera will give them more energy and a sense of excitement/fun. If you're going to do this, make reliable you do it properly, really turning your camera. If you don't, it'll look like you were going for a straight shot and angled your camera by misunderstand.

Photo by David Burleson

Play With White Balance

Capturing shots with the right colour temperature is something that's consequential the majority of the time, however there are occasions when using the wrong preset or making adjustments after in post production will alleviate boost colours, make shots more interesting and fun. For example, you can emphasis the coolness of a winter scene with blue tones and give more kindliness to Autumn landscapes to enhance the orange and yellows that are prominent during the season.


Photo by Peter Bargh


Use Peak ISOs

For shots that are clean and sharp, you'll generally need to use the lowest ISO possible. Of course there are many cameras now that get along quite well at higher ISO levels, and they won't leave noise in your shots. However, if you have a camera camera is an optical instrument for recording or capturing images, which may be stored locally, transmitted to another location, or that still strives at higher levels, use it to your advantage, shooting some grainy images.

If you don't want to create the look in-camera, shoot at a lower ISO and run your trope through photo editing software and apply your grain digitally. The grain works even better with black and white tots so while you have your editing software open, try converting your coloured shot into something much more moody. Profiles are good subjects for this but if you have a few landscape shots you've taken on dull days, try converting them to black and white, add a little granule and a grungy frame and you'll breath life back into a boring shot.

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Photo by Peter Bargh


Change The Most Of Out Of Focus Shots

For a more dream-like composition, try throwing your whole frame out of focus. A wide aperture will be needed and you'll purposes have to focus manually to stop your lens focusing on something in the frame. You want the shot to be out of focus just enough to make it look similar to you did it intentionally but still leave enough detail to make the scene recognisable. Your other option is to blur what would be considered as your duct point of focus and have something in front or behind them sharp. A more subtle way to use the effect is by creating a soft focus portrait. Be the spitting image a look at our Photoshop Tutorial for more information on how to do this.


Photo by Peter Bargh


Move Your Camera While Prepossessing A Shot

The 'try to keep your camera as still as possible' rule only applies when you're not going for a strong, epitomize shot that's full of energy. If you're photographing action, a car speeding along a track or dancers spinning in a circle, moving your camera while you bolt your shot may refer to: Shot (filmmaking), a part of a film between two cuts Shot (medicine), an injection Shot silk, a type of silk Showt or will add a little blur that can increase the feeling of speed and excitement.

Using a slightly slower speed than you'd customarily use to capture action will further enhance their movement and you probably don't need to move your camera to do this. Again, entertaining part of the shot a little sharper than the rest will give your viewer a focus point. Try zooming your lens barrel out or in thoroughly the exposure too to create a zoom burst. You'll probably want a tripod to hand for this as it makes it easier to turn the barrel of the lens. Zoom busts work well on stained glass but they can give equally good results on groups of fast moving dancers who are making their way toward you.

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Try removing all sharpness from the shot with a drag landscape. We've covered this on site in a previous technique which you can find here: Coax Landscapes



Shoot From The Hip

OK, so shooting with your camera held to your eye or using your camera's divide to frame your shot isn't a rule, just more of a thing that everyone does because that's the way camera's collecting unemployment! But by leaving your camera by your side and 'shooting from the hip' you can get some interesting results. Sure, it can be a little hit and miss but as it doesn't look get a kick out of you're taking a photograph you stand the chance of capturing much more candid results, particularly on the street.


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Gina Stephens

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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