Break the rules and just photograph what interests you.

I am a rule follower by nature. I love rules. They make me feel safe and secure. They limit surprises and guess what? I’m not a fan of surprises. But rules can also be stagnant and create complacency. Rules can keep us locked into a single minded way of thinking that hinders true creativity and expression.

If every photo I take follows a set of predefined photographic “rules,” my images could begin to look formulaic and boring. That certainly won’t inspire me to pull out my camera and shoot more often. 

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The most interesting thing about photography to me is the unique perspective of the photographers themselves. Take ten different photographers and ask them to photograph the same subject and you’ll get ten very different interpretations of that subject. 

Photograph what interests you.
Don’t worry about whether the lighting is perfect.
Don’t fret if the composition isn’t ideal.
Don’t dissect the potential appeal on social media.
Don’t hesitate.

If it catches your eye, then it’s worth clicking the shutter. You see, once the moment is gone, you can’t get it back. Wouldn’t you rather have the option of deleting the image than regret having never taken it to begin with? So what if the subject isn’t “dynamic” enough! Do you like it? Does it interest you? Then take the picture! 

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The best way to grow as a photographer is to please ourselves. To develop our own eye. Notice I said, our own eye, not the photographer across town or the one you follow on Instagram. Not your client. In fact, especially not your client; they often don’t know what they want.

If you want to set yourself apart in anything, you have to be willing to break the rules and find what works for you.