Break the Rules

Compose a shot that intentionally strays from conventional photography “guidelines.”


Early on, folks shifting from auto to fully manual settings learn to properly expose their photos. Blowing out the highlights is seen as a huge error, but as you get better and more confident with the guidelines, you can start to break them yourself. Selective overexposure can be used as a creative tool. Here, I’ve overexposed to emphasize the contrast between the cliff & subject against the background at the day’s peak sunlight. I’m doing it with intention, not because I don’t know—not because I’m ignorant about it. Question convention—it’s how you progress your craft.