Walking the fine line between absolute failure and creating something never seen before is called experimentation. I hear people say, “You can’t stop down beyond f/16 or f/11 because diffraction will doom your effort to failure.” I hear warnings about the need for High Dynamic Range (HDR) in order to capture full shadows to highlights. People also tell me that panoramas aren’t possible without first making sure the camera’s nodal point has been set. And, some say that an image must be composed using the rule of thirds, that it can’t be centered, or that midday light must be avoided.

However, in order to create something really innovative you have to break the rules. I break all these rules and more. They’re merely starting points. ...

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