Life Happens

I took a short break from the blog, Christmas and new year finally caught up with me, then work and you can figure out the rest, but without further ado, here is a new post (yippee). I want to emphasize that it is totally ok breaking the rules of photography. Seriously, when you realize that you don’t follow photography by some stern guidelines, you will start to uncover some fun with your camera.

Before I jump into this post, I want to be upfront with the fact that I took a short break from my camera (intentionally), and the only photos I’ve snapped have been with my iPhone 7+ and they have only been of my furbabies really:

Stole an orange off the tree, pure guilt.

Of course, we want to brush our teeth dad!

Breaking The Rules Of Photography

More often than not, we read articles on blogs or in magazines, maybe even books and such, that constantly tell us not to under/over expose, use the rule of thirds correctly and so on, you get the idea.

Before I go on, I’d like to give you an example of a photo with broken rule rules:

It seems underexposed, centered (rule of thirds?) and most blatant, it’s out of focus, but it’s an oddly satisfying photo isn’t it? This is a perfect and fast example of breaking the rules and still achieving great results, it leaves you with so many thoughts about the composition, sometimes we can achieve such artwork especially as amateurs and as competent photographers completely accidently, I know I have a few times.

Rule Of Thirds

One of the first things you will read about when you first start your journey into photography is the rule of thirds. Basically, you take your composition and break it down into thirds like pictured here:

Rule of thirds

Generally, you want to position your subject or other things of interest where you see the red circles, the intersecting lines ‘Sweet Spots’ as they are commonly referred to.

This rule of thirds can be broken so easily without much concern. Place your subject in the center when there is symmetry and a strong point of reference, here is an example where the image is symmetrical and ease using the center of the rule of thirds, it’s powerful, and great a great shot of the European parliament having a good chat.


Play around with the rule of thirds, see what looks good to you, that’s the one and only rule with photography, in my opinion. Have fun with things you see and capture them.

Carry your Gear

As an avid photographer, I used to follow the advice of carrying all these different lenses, flashes, lights and spare batteries, and to be totally honest with you, it was one thing that become frustrating rather fast, I decide what kind of shots I’m looking to do, and take only the things I need. Now if I’m going on a weekend trip, yes I will take a few lenses, the tripod and some filters, but general day to day shots, I will take my go to lens, one that has zoom, a wide lens, and a fully charged battery, that’s usually about it for me. If you have the room to take more then do it, but don’t burden yourself and make it a chore, nor do you want to make taking a camera cumbersome on a nice hike or walk, if anything, the camera, and a backpack or camera strap should be sufficient unless you have a planned shoot like I said.

Please share your own experiences in the comments below.

I’m a 36 year old avid amateur photographer, I consider myself an amateur despite owning and using cameras for over 15 years, my choice of camera is Nikon and I’m often referred to as ‘The Paparazzi’ by friends and family.

Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.