It's Week #47: Break the Rules

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Miro Meckelburg – Week 12: Straight Out Of Camera (2015)

Over the last 46 weeks we’ve been showing you different photography rules and techniques. This week, it’s your chance to break them! One of our main mottos at 52Frames is “Embrace the notion of imperfection.” This week, we’re taking that notion one… step… further…!

Tips and Tuts for this week:

Tips and Tuts for this week:
  • Rule of thirds. Correct exposure. Sharp image. Light flares. You know all of these rules that we constantly talk about? Forget them this week! Break those rules! Go crazy!
  • It’s a little tough to break rules if you don’t know what they are! Check out these composition tips to get you started!
  • Not only are we not following the rules this week – actively break them! Center your subject in the frame, over-expose your image, or make your subject the blurred part of your photo (rather than the background).
  • Check out this photo here, this one here, and another one here.
  • Here is a great National Geographic album with some great examples of broken rules (and explanations!)

Looking for more inspiration? Check out “Break the Rules” from 2013 and 2015! And of course, The Googles! Oh you sweet Googles.


Extra Credit: “Lens Whacking

For some extra credit joojoo, try your hand at lens whacking! Lens WHATing??? Lens whacking, or freelensing, is a technique where the lens is detached from the camera, and held by hand in front of the lens mount during the exposure. Essentially, there is space between the camera and the lens, which gives the photo a cool, vintage-y effect.

Check out the Googles for some more inspiration. 

Remember, it is not necessary to keep this Extra Credit challenge in mind while shooting. It’s extra credit!

*Please note!! You can only submit ONE photo per week, for the week’s challenge. This photo can include the “Extra Credit” part of the challenge, or the “regular” challenge, but you can never submit more than one photo!

Past Challenges - 2015