Rule of thirds, leading lines, framing, patterns, balance, and negative space are just some of the guidelines used to compose a great image. But how do you know when to "break" a rule on purpose? It's not always easy.
Maybe a good way to start is by saying that every photographer has their own style and vision. I admire many pet photographers who use different techniques to achieve their imagery. For instance, wide angle distortion has become popular in pet photography. So much so, you see it everywhere, and used by many. Yet, years ago, wide angle distortion was avoided for portrait work. Whimsical doggy faces with large noses are some of the things that make me smile. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
We, as photographers, sometimes have to decide what looks best for a certain photo and what tells the best story. As a pet photographer, I can tell you that we may find ourselves, at times, in not so great conditions (a wet field where we thought it would be dry, a rainy day when the forecast was sunny, etc.). At those times, whether it be through post-processing or the images as they are taken, we are constantly working to give the client the best images possible for any given situation.
While I try to steadfastly follow the rules where my clients are concerned, I do enjoy doing things a little differently with my own pets. For this week, I picked a few rules to break for very specific reasons. Let's see what you think.
The usual guideline is to try to have the subject facing the middle in a situation like this, or to have enough space beyond Harry's face to suggest he is going somewhere. But if I had done that with this image, and we already know Harry wants to go IN and not SOMEWHERE, the image would not have told the correct story. So I cropped the photo to show that Harry wants in that door.
If I had moved Harry more to the left of this image and opened up the right, the focus on him would have been lost. It's also why I turned the photo black and white (and added a little bit of grunge to kitty)--to take the focus away from any color and just put it all on Harry.
Now below is something I almost NEVER do.
Now that I have looked at it for a while, it has kind of grown on me. (Okay, not really.) This type of angled photography is very popular among wedding photographers. I have seen some great images of brides throwing their bouquet in an angled photograph. But I think I will stick to straight horizons.
To see what other rules have been broken, take a hop around the blog circle. Start with BARKography by Kim Hollis in Charlotte, North Carolina, then work your way through the rest of the circle until you are once again back here. As always, thanks for reading the blog, and to those who celebrate, Happy Easter!