There's a new photo-related YouTube channel called "Light Club," and their first video reminded me of something: it's OK to break the rules.
Photographers often get caught up in the time-tested "rules" of photographic composition; leading lines, texture, et cetera. The most famous of all of the "rules," I'd wager, is the "rule of thirds." But, like all good rules, it's a rule that is meant to be broken once you understand how to do it correctly. And our ability to break the rules is something that's easy to forget. I'm a firm believer in the idea that you need to learn the rules before you can break them, so if you're starting to feel like you want to break the rules for one reason or another, go for it and see if it works for you. Breaking the rules can lead to extraordinary things.
This video goes through examples of art (photographs, paintings, etc.) and reminds us that the "middle line" is a viable option for composition, even though it goes against the "traditional" rule most photographers go by. There are a surprising number of historical artworks that use this technique, and it's one that many of us might have never noticed. I'm sure I've noticed it, but I'm not sure I've thought specifically about how it could be used effectively.
What other rules do you like to break in your photo work?