In today's contest, we are going to think outside the box. Photography, or any art form, remains a subjective discipline.

As Pablo Picasso once said:

Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.

In this context, the quote means that, in order to be different from the majority of photographers, in order to create your own unique style, you need to first thoroughly understand the rules that govern the art of photography. Only by knowing the rules, you can effectively break them and take creative shots that nobody else thought of.

But what rules are we talking about here? There are dozens. Don't cut off limbs, the rule of thirds, symmetry, the rule of odds, making sure the frame is filled and you have the subject focused, having negative space, ... And many more.

Put your thinking hat on and get creative! Ignore the rules, do what you consider to be optimal!

Good luck!

Suggested by Olga-Leskiw-Suzuki

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Rule of Visual Space created by Olga.L

The rule is to always have good visual space in front of the direction that the subject is moving. The rule has been broken with this composition.

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Entry without name created by Wayne-Cheah

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Avoid distracting backgrounds. created by Vibeke

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Jumanji created by grasshopper1

Breaking: s ‘leading’, ‘nose room’ or ‘leading space’. The lead room principle means that when framing a subject, a well-composed image will have a negative space in the direction that the subject is facing. oops :)

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Avoid Direct Downward Harsh Lighting created by Olga.L

🤪 to that rule!

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Never AMPUTATE the head created by Olga.L

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Cycling away created by Zizounai

Sorry I cut the boy's forehead, his shoe, his arms, Sorry you can only see a part of a handlebar and guess this is a bike, Sorry you can't see where he is going to, nor where he comes from... Sorry the background is all topsy-turvy, hope it doesn't make you sea sick.

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Sunday walk created by Zizounai

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Tommy can you see me? created by Zizounai

#1 Never place the horizon line in the middle #2 When you have an horizon line keep it horizontal #3 Never shoot a black cat around noon #4 Overexposed windows are ugly

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Beautiful Sunrise created by grasshopper1

Rules broken: Main light light source in the rear. Fence is along center line. Subject in the center. Subject head turned. I was trying to show that the sunrise, at that moment, was so stunning that the bird turn around to watch it.:)

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Dragon Racing created by photonut

Taken at a dragon racing event a couple of years ago[did not happen last year] and probarly not this year,this is not allowing space in front for something to go into[not the best description] not the best at that,did take loads more photos though where i did have more space in front.

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Reflection. created by filantrop

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Never face the sun! created by Merlin

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Help,anybody seen my hands created by photonut

Taken at a street event,one i took quick,though do have ones with all of him in.

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Springtime countryside created by Zizounai

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Age gone by created by Diamite

Your eye naturally wants to go to back ground, but the train curves around, highling both bridges going in different directions . Not so happy with arm of a passenger in what looks like a shell suit jacket, from the 80s lol

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Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

What rule of photography are you breaking?

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Diamite replied to Olga.L :

I thought composition?

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Wayne-Cheah replied to Diamite :

Which composition rule?

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Just Like That created by photonut

Taken at a street festival and although i do have other photos of this lady in full and much better,this one reminded me of the late great tommy cooper[look him up] and one of his sayings was JUST LIKE THAT.

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Unspecified specimen created by Wayne-Cheah

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Don't shoot into the sun. created by Vibeke

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The wild sea or the sky? created by Marleen

Sometimes breaking the rules leads to compelling results.

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Powerboat created by photonut

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Holiday photo that disturbed the peace in my head created by Marleen

Normally you get a certain peace of mind when you look at the pictures again, but with this chaos you get a certain stress, nothing is correct here: no specific object, no account of the sun, no line, no center ...

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Every Rule in the Book created by MyMindsEye

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