In the dictionary, some of the words that are used to define rules are:
- What is possible or allowable.
- Control or dominion.
- Normal or customary.
In the dictionary, some of the words that are used to define elements are:
- The primary or fundamental parts of something.
To me, the words used to describe rules are restrictive, limited and will lead to pictures that are ordinary while the words used to describe elements are free, unlimited and will lead to pictures as unique as the person creating the photograph.
Rules have limits and restrictions. Elements can be combined to create limitless and unrestricted variations.
Would you rather use rules of composition to make your picture or combine elements of composition to create your photographs?