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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.

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Kelowna Photography News

Okanagan professional photographer

Stuart Park is
"Great Place in
Canada" 2015

NOVEMBER 2015 - The "Great Places in Canada" were selected among public buildings and parks across the Country recently. This year's National award for the Best Outdoor Space goes to Jim Stuart Park on Kelowna's waterfront.
Congratulations to Stantec Consulting -a local firm involved in the design and engineering of the project, which hired me to photograph the first phase of this project a few years ago. For this shot, I climbed a 8-metre tall ladder that I leaned up against a tree and steadied my camera on a branch for the 3-second exposure.


Commercial photographer in Kelowna

Toast to Tommies

NOVEMBER, 2015 - Kudos to some of my clients who design and build homes and work spaces in Kelowna and the Okanagan.
Silver Awards went out for the 2015 Tommie Awards in the last week of November (including this bar renovation on the left). I won't name any yet as they are waiting to see which among these will be named the Gold winners in January.


Kelowna Photography

Scenic Splendor

OCTOBER, 2015 - The beauty of the Okanagan takes a lovely turn in autumn. While valley trees become orange and red from their leaves, the higher country becomes speckled with yellow as the larch tree needles change hue before shedding.

The Myra Canyon trestles - enormously popular through summer - made for a cool ride in between photos for me (right). The pretty rider on left is Evelyn.

Desmond Murray Kelowna Photographer

Older items -

Say Ahhwesome
UPS growing
Homes for the Summer SunRype Shines
Grand Photography
Classroom in a Click
Beautiful Bride
Patio photos published
Kelowna Ladies make News 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