Photography Technique Isn't Everything

As photographers, we've all gone through the bombardment of basic composition techniques when we first pick up the camera: rule of thirds, leading lines, filling the frame...the list goes on and on.  But it's important to remember that these rules simply build a foundation, and are not meant for you to follow for every single shot you take.   

These rules are definitely a good start, but keep in mind that in the long run, it is possible that these rules may restrict you from reaching your true creative potential.   At the end of the day, creativity has no boundaries or rules that govern it. So next time you go out with your camera, try to forget the generic photography rules, and just shoot Surely, it'll take A LOT of trial and error, but you'll be surprised with what your own creative vision can create. 

Photo by: Ajanta Bhuyan

Photo by: Ajanta Bhuyan

Photo by: Yakashi Yasui

Photo by: Yakashi Yasui

Photo by: Marin Stefani

Photo by: Marin Stefani

Photo by: Sue Harper

Photo by: Sue Harper

Every week Snapwire keeps you updated with the latest photography and tech news. Here’s ‘What’s on the Wire’ this week: 

Meet the #Cagefree Photographer Running Discovery Channel’s Instagram for Shark Week (PetaPixel): It’s Shark Week! Here’s a fun story about fearless photographer Michael Muller, who takes shark photos without a cage. 

DIY: Create a Dead Simple Product Shot Setup Using One Light and Tin Foil (PetaPixel): A great, easy tutorial on how to capture a perfect product shot with materials you can find around the house. 

Apple Expands OS X Mavericks Raw Compatibility (DPReview): A list of cameras that are now compatible with OS X Mavericks. 

The Other Side of Fair Use (aPhotoEditor): A discussion of the fair use case involving a photo of a sculpture being sold as stock.

Confessions of a Colorblind Photographer (Aaron Lavinsky): A great blog post from a colorblind photographer, who learned how to deal with his handicap without giving up what he loves to do. 

//Photo by Ena De Guzman

Every week Snapwire keeps you updated with the latest photography and tech news. Here’s ‘What’s on the Wire’ this week: 

'Selfies Anonymous' Parody Takes On Our Favorite Instagram Cliches (PetaPixel): A hilarious video poking fun at common Instagram behavior. 

Using the iPhone or iPod Touch to introduce photography to children (TÚAW): An interesting perspective on how you can get kids into photography using mobile devices. 

7 DIY Tips for Better Photography on a Shoestring Budget (Mashable): Photography doesn’t need to be an expensive pastime, and Mashable has tips for how to use household objects in place of expensive gear. 

10 Summer Photography Tips to Get You Creative in the Warmer Months (PetaPixel): Fun ideas and advice on how to to capture the essence of summertime in your photos. 

iPhone 6 Design, Healthcare and Power (TechRadar): Every week more rumors come out about the upcoming iPhone 6 release - here’s the latest. 

Photo by Erdem Yilmaz

Every week Snapwire keeps you updated with the latest photography and tech news. Here’s ‘What’s on the Wire’ this week: 

16 Examples of Totally Ridiculous 4th of July Stock Photography (HubSpot): Everyone over at Snapwire had a great 4th of July weekend, and we hope you did, too! Here are some funny 4th of July stock photos to start your Monday with a smile. 

Apple Confirms 3rd-Party Extensibility and Robust Editing Features in OS X Photos (PetaPixel): PetaPixel reveals new features that will become available with the release of OS X Photos. 

How to Work With Imagery on Your Website (Forbes): Forbes offers tips and advice on how to successfully use imagery on your website in order to maximize sales and emotional connection. 

10 Tips For Taking Better Photos With Your Smartphone (PopPhoto): PopPhoto’s slideshow features helpful tips like to crop photos rather than zoom, and more. 

The Best Free Online Photography Courses and Tutorials (PetaPixel): A long list of photography courses and tutorials from a variety of sources for every skill level. 

Photo by Jeremy Brooks

Every week Snapwire keeps you updated with the latest photography and tech news. Here’s ‘What’s on the Wire’ this week:

How to Go on a Date, According to Stock Photography (Styleite): Jillian Richardson over at Styleite pokes fun at silly stock photography, this time in the context of dating.

Top Mobile Photographers Share their Tips for Creating Stunning Images with a Phone (PetaPixel): Daniel Burman and other successful mobile photographers share advice and tips from personal experience. 

Top 8 apps I use for my mobile (stock) photography (MyStockPhoto): Some apps are better than others when it comes to editing your photos. Check out these 8, and try them for yourself.

Free, Beautifully Designed App Notifies You when Golden Hour is About to Start (PetaPixel): If you’ve ever been unsure of when golden hour is each day, this is the app for you! PetaPixel reviews and details Golden Hour.

New chemical iris for tiny phone cameras (BBC): Technology improves exponentially as each year passes, and photographic technology is no exception. Here’s how it’s affecting smartphone aperture.