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Composition - Part 3
Rules vs. Guidelines

Many of the so-called rules of composition should be considered as guidelines. They are based on recreating similarities in the make-up of many different images that many people have found to be esthetically-pleasing. These rules of composition or a design need not be taken as a hard and fast rule that must be observed.

Some renowned photographs violate all the rules of composition and are still excellent pictures. This doesn't mean that the rules are without value. They are time-proven, and provide great guidelines for photographers at any level. We use them all the time.

FOLLOW THE RULES UNTIL YOU KNOW WHEN TO BREAK THEM

By religiously observing the principles of composition, they will become firmly cemented in your mind. Employing them will become second nature to you.

Once you have the rules of composition down pat, experiment and break a rule here or there when you feel the image will work better without it. Thatís called individual style, and the creativity that stems from it produces some great images.

The point is that you will know when to break a rule of composition once you know what the rules are and how they work.

More sources ....

Airport News in YLW Magazine
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Digital Photography Review
Canadian Press Images
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Calgary Herald
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Nikon USA Commentary
National Post
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Vancouver Sun


Kelowna Photography News

Gimme Shelter

NOVEMBER 29, 2010 - New bus shelters designed for Harvey Ave in Kelowna were recently installed and lit up - and not just for Christmas.
The BC company responsible for the modern shelters - Tara Precision - asked me to capture a variety of shots in different times of day.
The night shots required some extra light - which I triggered with my RadioPopper transmitters. Working at a distance with traffic in between, I enjoyed the remote ability to adjust flash power from my camera.

Orchard Park Mall


Associated Engineering bridge

MLAs Crossing

OCTOBER 29, 2010 - Kelowna area MLAs Ben Stewart, Norm Letnick and Steve Thomson joined in the first crossing of Kelowna's new pedestrian bridge above Harvey Ave.- a project by Associated Engineering.


Ogogrow on the go

NOVEMBER, 2010 - Gordon Light poses under new air piping added to the Kelowna/Vernon Bio-solids plant for a cover shot on TPO Magazine.
The plant produces Ogogrow - a local fertilizer/soil that provides some helpful income for the waste operation.

Invue roof view
Invue Tower Rooftop Landscaping

 

Lofty landscape

OCTOBER, 2010 - Some 20 stories above ground, the rooftop of Invue Condominium tower boasts some interesting landscaping.

I enjoyed photographing the feature for Stantec Engineering - even as it required quick adjustment of multiple flash units to blend with the sun as it changed intensity quickly while sinking into the horizon.

 

Magazine cover
Gordon Light, Operations Manager of Biosolids Plant

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