Rules tend to make your life better and simpler, but deep down we all know RULES ARE MEANT TO BE BROKEN (at least a few times). With photography, it’s no different. There are lot of such standard theories on photography given by masters and then carried forward by others. But don’t you think if all of us start following the same rules then our pictures would look more or less same, where would be the space for creativity? In my opinion, it’s you who can build your own style and attach your own rules or definitions to the way you want to carry photography in your life.

Let’s talk about some photography rules:


In photography, the Rule of Thirds is a type of composition in which an image is divided evenly into thirds, both horizontally and vertically, and the subject of the image is placed at the intersection of those dividing lines, or along one of the lines itself.

What if you break it?

Of all the “rules” in photography, The Rule of Thirds is one of the easiest to break. Framing an image in a way that the subject doesn’t fall on the Rule of Thirds areas can still create a beautiful image, you can instead grab the viewer’s attention using other methods such as Leading Lines, Contrast, Color, Symmetry, etc.


Manual Mode is perfect for clicking pictures as it gives you control over Lighting, Depth of Field and Shutter Speed.

What if you break it?

Manual Mode gives you full control over the camera but it is not necessary to click pictures on Manual Mode. Whenever you are in a rush and still want that perfect shot, just go for Auto Mode or Aperture Mode.


Out of Focus Subject is a horrific thought for every photographer. So all of us have been learning on “how to focus on a subject” since ever. We are taught to avoid blurry pictures at any cost.

What if you break it?

Sometimes an intentional blur would cause no harm to your photography skills. In fact, it might end up making your picture a lot more attractive and unique. Creative Motion Blur can add a sense of interest to your photograph.

Let me conclude by saying that the aim is not to break the rules but create something amazing. Breaking the rules intentionally sometimes can result in exceptional capture but you first have to learn the rules to break them effectively.

~Sulekha Sonal

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