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10 Top Photography Composition Rules

t may sound clichéd, but the only rule in photography is that there are no rules. However, there are are number of established composition guidelines which can be applied in almost any situation, to enhance the impact of a scene.

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There are no fixed rules in photography, but there are guidelines which can often help you to enhance the impact of your photos.
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They are good rules. I am a big believer in learning the rules first and then start breaking them. If you start out by breaking the rules you quickly become "random" (for lack of a better word)
 
I find that it is best to stick with the rules, until you find you can't for some reason & then don't! :)
 
All those pictures are fabulous and really boring. That said, I'm with +Neil Howard... when in doubt, go with "the rules" until you can learn how to break them in your own way.
 
Yes +Max Rubenacker the example images are pretty boring - I guess they were trying to give simple "standard" examples.
 
Thanks for the info! This is great as I am still learning the rules. I didn't start with photography as a hobby until I was 39 :-)
 
I didn't start till after that +Mark Junk I am 50 now, and still learning!
 
Good to meet another late bloomer :-)
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Thanks for the link +Mihailo Radičević . I learned this in my B&W film class; although, I don't shoot as much as I used to, but that's a different story. Anyway, thanks for the link it would come in handy!
 
this is a nice pic you have! great job
 
Maybe they wanted a warmer feel. Seems you missed the no rules point of this post. White balance only really truly matters with things such as white background studio or product photography. In most other cases it's just something else for you to use to create the image you have in your mind :)
 
+Aidan Zealley White balance with a digital camera is a miranda rule, like it or not. You must deal with it or one will be provided for you and it will suck. That violin is a good example where they have crappy jaundice yellow stage gel, but you can get extra detail back since you have a nice neutral bow white along with the violin bridge. More reasons to shoot raw and deal with the WB: http://blog.conradchavez.com/2011/06/20/stage-lighting-revealing-hidden-details-with-white-balance/
 
+john g Shooting in raw gives me all the details I need. For product photography jobs I set my white balance using an 18% grey card for consistency but for my own free time creative photography I leave in auto and set it afterwards in lightroom to get it just perfect for the image I want to create. That way I have far more control over my final image. It's nothing to do with details. A photo that is exposed correctly in accordance with your previsualised shot will have all the details you wanted.
 
yeah there definatly are but you should exspress yourself through photoraphy
 
Thanks great article lots of things to think about
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