Chapter 6: Breaking the Rules


BY THIS POINT in the book, you’ve probably noticed the heavy use of words such as “usually,” “normally,” and “generally” in the discussion of composition guidelines. That’s because there are no definitives in artistic expression. Absolutes exist only on the technical side. That’s the dichotomy of photography.

Technical choices call for compromise in capturing proper sharpness and exposure. To reduce depth of field, adjustments must be made to aperture, focus, or lens focal length. To increase shutter speed, aperture or ISO must be altered. For each desired result, there is a required action. Get one of the actions ...

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