We are frequently told not to take pictures into the sun, preferring to try to keep it behind us instead. In fact when the wife is out taking pictures on her phone I quite often remind her of this. To which the usual response is it will be fine. Much to my amazement they usually are as well.
Have a look at the photo below:
I wouldn’t normally take pictures like this, but on this occasion I think it might be OK.
That brings us onto how much we should think about photographic ‘rules’. I don’t normally pay much credence to things like the rule of thirds. To me any ‘rules’ in photography should be considered more as guidelines. They may work in certain situations and they may not. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take the photo though. If in doubt shoot. You could always adjust the composition later if you need too.
Changing things in post isn’t really a new thing. Although regarded as something that is only done in digital, anyone could do so using an enlarger. In fact burning, dodging, toning, changing composition by cropping are probably all things anyone with a darkroom has done. I certainly use to.
So I would say no its not cheating. It could be regarded as part of the process.
The next time your out and about taking photos don’t rigidly stick to the rules. Take the shot and see if it works.
You might even begin to develop a style without realising it.
Camera/lens: Nikon D5300, Nikkor 10-20mm AF-P DX VR.