Quote Originally Posted by MurrayMinchin
Rules of composition spawn predictable results.
That's the point of having them, isn't it? Predictable results are only bad if that is all you're capable of producing.

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.