Rule of thirds? Check.
White balance? Check.
Boring? For sure.
Im a photo newbie, so the above checklist is usually quite time consuming to get past. And getting the photo technically correct is important... but for me, I usually end up with very dull shots when trying to do things "right". Hopefully this will change with experience, but at the moment its making me miss good photo opportunities.
A good example for me occurred just a few days ago. Walking past a huge brick wall in my neighborhood, I figured I could get a couple of good shots off.
Checklist init ..... boring .... boring .... boring. My gut told me to try something new, but "expert advice" kept echoing in my head:
"NEVER shot against the sun. NEVER".
So I did. I asked my boy to go stand at the end of the wall and look at me (blinded by the sun).
Exposure? Horrible. Shadows? Half the picture is pure shadow. The result? I loved it. Thankful to DT who put the image online:
Stock? We'll see .... but I doubt any of my original shots would have been useful for any buyer. This one has a part of my gut in it, and hopefully it can be found useful in a blog or article.
Ill keep studying technical articles like crazy, but dont miss out on the fun of breaking the rules.
My first blog entry, hope you found it an interesting read.
Photo credits: P0temkin.