Was just talking with a student about another photographer & instructor they were listening too, and how he was saying dont worry about the rules, but shoot for the mistakes. But the point they were making is a photo doesnt have to be perfect, or what anyone else thinks it should be, its about capturing moments, things, people, a connection, etc, organic moments that mean something more than a styled, posed, formulated, scheduled, planned thing. Being too concerned with rules & technique you can end up missing the real picture, “you cant see the forest through the trees” - but there is a balance- and as you gain experience, and practice, practice, practice, improve etc and get to where you know the rules well, you get to where you dont have to think about them anymore, its automatic, or some people just shoot them instinctively.
But every good photo that has impact and will be remembered applies the rules, period. So yeah, many photographers are very focused on formulated, “perfect” shots, too worried about lighting, equipment, etc, but less focused on the passion, energy, creativity, the moment, they dont experiment. Its a process of learning, experience, and balance. But no new photographer should be told dont worry about the rules. If you want to be a great photographer, you can not bypass the rules, there is no lazy route.