Alain Briot • Photo Police Rules

Current times call for creative measures. As we begin to live under new rules for an undetermined amount of time, Alain Briot lays out some of his thoughts on photography rules, which apply and which are nonsense

The coronavirus situation is changing our lives and forcing us to take precautions in order to be safe. The best approach is to stay home and minimize outside contact as much as possible. While we have to find the approach that works best for us, one thing is for sure: processing photographs at home is safe because it carries no risk of exposure.

For this reason I decided to publish the first of a two-part series of essays titled Rules of the Photo Police. The gist of this essay is simple: dogmatic rules hurt creativity. Creativity is an excellent way to fight back the negative feelings that come with being forced to stay home. However, creativity is harnessed by unnecessary rules. To free our creativity it is necessary to let go of limiting rules that make our images look like the photographs of those that came before us. While it is good to be influenced by photographers we admire, this does not mean we must create images that are lookalike versions of their photographs. The goal of this essay is to see how we can ...

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Alain Briot creates fine art photographs, teaches workshops and offers DVD tutorials. Alain’s three books are available as printed books on and as eBooks on his website.


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    By the way, I should mention that the high quality, as well as the emotional impact, and beauty of your images make your words even more powerful and relevant.

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    Hi Alain,

    Got to say, you take the words right out of my mouth with your lates article on “Photo Police Rules.” I totally agree, I started out as a fine art painter, so I feel that it’s the final image that counts, not any particular rules. I know certain rules, like the “rule of thirds,” etc. can help new artists with composition, until it becomes second nature, but to some folks, the rules become more important than the actual images. I say learn your camera and lenses, as well as your software, and then you are free to create your own unique way.

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