Who makes the rules for photography and why are you bound to them?
Do you follow rules based on scientific experiment, psychology, theory?
Were the rules dictated by the preferences of a photo editor and that’s just how it was passed down?
Were technical requirements (printing, analog limits, etc.) the guidelines for composition and lighting?
Was it always just “done that way” by a few group of people who insisted the method be followed by the people behind them?
Rules are good. Knowledge and practice of the rules is good. But remember why you use them and be willing to question their validity when someone insists your photography is suffering because you aren’t following “the rules.”