Re: Lost creativity.
A common experience ... don't worry about what other people say about composition, if you like the picture it's a success. If other people like it too, so much the better.
Have i got too bogged down with rules of composition etc... and stifled my creativity? Back then i didn't have or know any rules. Technically i'm more accomplished, but a better photographer? I don't think so.
Just applying the formula doesn't work ... knowing the formula might help you improve.
The trend that really bugs me at the moment is doing the composition in post editing i.e. taking an over wide shot & cropping it in an effort to get a nice composition, instead of thinking about the composition before shoving the button. If you find yourself making major crops, either you were using the wrong lens or your brain was in neutral when you were shooting.
If you're not living on the edge, you're wasting space