Part of the creative experience when you are creating art of any kind is to understand when to break the rules. Studying the successful works of the masters before you earns you some of this knowledge; however, this alone does not guarantee success.
People that practice both photography and art like to have rules. But, rules are guidelines. More like suggestions to be contemplated. What makes a rule a steadfast guarantee of success in one photograph will make it an utter failure in another.
No, instead it’s really applying learned academic knowledge combined with the intangible gut feeling of pure instinct over the period of many viewings. When you are looking at a subject, say a flower, if you purely concentrate on the academic aspects of taking the picture all you will accomplish is taking a clear focused picture.
That’s it, and that is harder than what most people realize in the days of iPhone photographers. That’s because the proper academic technique of taking a picture consists of the mathematical measurements of aperture, focus, rule of thirds, white balance and lens selections, the list goes on and on. You either get these right or it’s wrong.
The result is a properly formatted picture of a flower. It looks good. But is it art? That’s where so many people get hung up on definitions.
Now let’s look at that flower from a more creative view. When you are viewing the flower what are you trying to express? What vision are you giving your work? Do you want to break any rules to make that image speak the emotion or action you want it too.
How you come to this is by experimentation and learning what works for what goal you want to accomplish. For instance, does the flower have to be precisely centered in the picture, or by putting it to one side can you force the viewer to move their attention?
After a while and about 10,000 pictures you begin to develop an eye for what is going to work and what might not. It is not really a conscious thing though. I mean you don’t wake up one morning and the world suddenly looks different. Rather, it is a slow process that usually takes years to appear.
However, I daresay you will become as proficient in the creative view of photographic art as the academic photographer does with all of their math and formula.
Mind you, neither side is necessarily better than the other and any photographer worth their lenses will tell you that it takes both the academic and creative approaches to truly the master the art and science of photography.
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