Break the “Rules”

My previous three posts were about so called “rules” in photography and why we needn’t follow them when making our pictures. I have been looking around for quotes that would suggest similar and that perhaps we should just feel free to create and I have a handful of them here . . . .

Edward Weston
When subject matter is forced to fit into preconceived patterns, there can be no freshness of vision. Following rules of composition can only lead to a tedious repetition of pictorial clichés.”

Ansel Adams
There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.

Arnold Newman
“There are no rules and regulations for perfect composition. If there were we would be able to put all the information into a computer and would come out with a masterpiece. We know that’s impossible. You have to compose by the seat of your pants.”

Elliot Erwitt
Photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place. I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.

David Alan Harvey
Don’t shoot what it looks like. Shoot what it feels like.

André Kertész
I do not document anything, I give an interpretation.”


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