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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
BC Business Magazine
Digital Photography Review
Canadian Press Images
Calibrating Computer Monitor
Calgary Herald
Nikon equipment Nikon Canada
Nikon USA Commentary
National Post
Writer, freelance WriteArm
Vancouver Sun


Kelowna Photography News

Grand Photography

AUGUST 30, 2012 - The Okanagan's largest and most luxurious hotel needed some new photos this summer to update the company's website and marketing materials.
Purchased by Delta Hotels last year, the Grand Okanagan Resort is ideally situated on the shore of Lake Okanagan.
I enjoyed photographing a range of the suites for the company using my full-frame D800 with ultra-wide angle lenses and portable flashes.

Grand Okanagan


Kelowna photojournalism

Kelowna classroom turned inside-out

SEPTEMBER, 2012 - Technology and new trends have turned education around in some classrooms in the Okanagan this year. One biology teacher at Okanagan Mission Secondary School directs her students to her posted online video lectures for homework, opening up classroom time for discussion and lab work.
I recently captured images to illustrate this for a feature story in the Vancouver Sun newspaper.

Architectural Art

SEPTEMBER, 2012 - The Art of Fine Living is alive and well in the Okanagan's largest city of Kelowna.
The comfortable lifestyle prevalent in the community is reflected in many artistic creations by the Okanagan's finest home builders.
Here is the open design of kitchen flowing to dining area, living area and beyond that I captured, among others, last month for one Kelowna builder. For now, I'll hold back on names, since there are potential awards on the line through the Canadian Home Builders Association..

Tommie Awards photography

Older items -

Beautiful Bride
Kelowna Ladies make News
Patio photos published
My Revolutionary new Camera
Artistic Architecture Fine Furniture
Helping the ladies Big heart in little runner
Engineering projects Ogogrow on the grow
Skogie Cleaning Up Bear Guards new Park
Combatting Cancer Okanagan Olympians
Lighting technology improves 

Builder's book of my photos


Airport publication awarded

Forest Fires hit Westside