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5 Top Tips On How You Can Create Amazing Photos By Breaking All Of The Photography Rules

The COOPH photography team want to show you how to create unique and extraordinary images by not following the rules.

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Our friends COOPH are back with a brilliant tutorial on how you can break all of the photography rules but still capture brilliant photos. They are looking for perfection in imperfection, extraordinary in the ordinary and flaws which actually make a photo great! 

"Most photographers are after those perfect images and painstakingly try to avoid shots that are slightly flawed. But sometimes, the ones that share a different and fresh approach are the best," says COOPH.

The COOPH team play around with 5 photography rules but, of course, there are many more out there waiting to be broken so if you're a rule-breaker, why not share your results and comments with us below - we'd love to hear your top tips! 


1. Wrong Exposure Levels

To kick the tutorial off, the COOPH team start by using the wrong exposure when capturing portraits in bright light so when they're converted to black and white, the contrast makes them 'pop'. They also experiment with contrasting light in a tunnel to add a bit of mystery to their portraits. 


Playing With Exposure Levels


2. Crooked Horizon

When capturing landscapes, it's important for the horizon to be straight but there are other times when a wonky horizon can make a shot feel much more dynamic and dramatic as the COOPH team demonstrate. 


Dynamic portraits


3. Play With Blur

Blur can easily spoil a shot but when used the right way it can make subjects 'pop' from the frame, create a sense of speed or add a level of creativity to your shot you can't get without it. One way to do this is with zoom blur which is a fun and really easy method to add a creative spin to woodland shots, and more. 


Lens Blur creative photography


4. Use The Wrong Lens

Wide-angle lenses aren't usually what we reach for when shooting portraits but the way they distort proportions can actually help you capture really fun portraits of people. 


Wide-Angle Lens Portrait


5. Out Of Focus

Instead of focusing on whatever is in the foreground of your shot, switch and focus on the background to give a creative twist to your shot. 


Out of focus foreground


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