In an early post, Tic-Tac-Toe we discussed how you should not post subjects smack dab in the middle of a picture. This is an example of that.
Why? Well you should go back and check out the article. In short, we were trying to help you understand compositional rules and how they can impact your photographs in a positive way. However, the thing is that sometimes sticking to the rule can limit creative thoughts and intuitions. Here at PNU we have seen first hand the old-timers “stick to the rules” mentality and as a result of sticking to the rules we found ourselves loosing site of our own creative thoughts and desires. The results were stuffy, unemotional, perfectly composed, boring images with no personal taste. The soul was lost and the photo lacked anything to be desired.
So what is the take away? SCREW THE RULES! It’s ok to be a rebel with a cause sometimes. Don’t let anyone tell you that an image isn’t good because it doesn’t fit the rules. From time to time it’s ok to be organic and free flowing. A perfect example of this is the image above. In the Tic-Tac-Toe example we put this fox in 1 of the 4 power point positions. We think that this image can easily fit anyone of these compositional positions, however, at the end of the day, the creator chose to put the fox smack dab in the middle. Exactly where the rule says not to place it. So why would they do that? Well, because they wanted to be a rebel and rebels break the rules. The creator wanted to show all the space around the fox, giving the viewer a feeling of how vast an area surrounded the fox and to let you know that the fox was the only soul around. There is a story being told. Could the creator have done the same thing by using the Tic-Tac-Toe method, sure…..but they said screw that. I’m gonna do what I wanna do…….cause I’m the artist. We nerds think that’s pretty rad!!!!
Rules are here to guide you….NOT define you!