Tonight in our Sydney Master Class we wrote out our own personal rules for photography and then made an effort to challenge our assumptions. Our goal is to break our own rules. This is an exercise that both John Paul Caponigro and Freeman Paterson describe. They suggests that you write out your rules of photography, then methodically go and break them all. Our stand out rule that we were inspired to break was.
Look for something different to photograph.
So our challenge is to photograph the ordinary.
For inspiration we looked at Edward Weston's photographs of fruit, vegetables and the iconic toilet bowl image.
Other interesting challenges arose, which you could also try.
"Compose negative space" we turned into "Move in close and eliminate all negative space."
"Move around to get a better composition" we turned into "stay still and compose from one spot'. (Echoes of Freeman Paterson again... but will save that for another day)
Post your amazing rule breaking photographs in our group https://www.flickr.com/groups/lensschool/ - don't forget to mention which rule you are breaking...