That's the point of having them, isn't it? Predictable results are only bad if that is all you're capable of producing.Originally Posted by MurrayMinchin
I have found that blind obedience to 'rules' as such can be stifling to creativity. But blithely ignoring all so-called 'rules' can have its consequences as well - such as very imaginative and offbeat and unusual and unique completely worthless photographs.
I suspect that's the basis for the old adage that one should learn the rules first - then you'll know when to break them.
I had a similar discussion once with a fellow who felt that learning how to use a camera was for conformists. Aperture, shutter speed, focus; none of that mattered. What mattered was creativity, which one either had or had not. I disagreed, but then I guess I'm an old stick-in-the-mud conformist.