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I am somewhat reluctant to use the word ‘rules’ when speaking (or writing) about photography as it is after all an art form and the mention of the word ‘rules’ seems to be a rather rude juxtaposition. It might be my rebellion against having rules in art or it might be my creative eye, but whatever the reason, I seek to break as many rules as possible, and as often as possible, when photographing...
While leading photographic safaris I often have to remind myself, and my fellow photographers, that if we all shoot according to the ‘rules’ that we read about on various social media platforms and photographic websites, then we will land up shooting shots like everyone else. Social media has given a soapbox to any and every photographer and one would not be mistaken for thinking that this should have expedited creativity and individuality. But, strangely the opposite seems true. It’s as if all the opinions given by experts and people trying to be experts and people believing that they are experts, bully photographers who are not as experienced or are perhaps just not as opinionated - into a sort of submission. There seems to exist an unwritten code of conduct for all photographers which reaches far and wide and which covers all elements of photography, including what equipment is the best and what settings to use and how to shoot. This photographic peer pressure extends all the way to how postproduction should be done and with what software even.
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