Jo Cose's 3 Golden Rules of Photography

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  1. jocose

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    So, this thread really should be elsewhere--but as our resident clarinet player has pointed out in the past, if you want the widest readership, you post in the off-topics.

    Anyway, JonMikal was testing me earlier today, so it occurred to me that if I learn nothing else from all of you (which of course is impossible), I have learned what I consider to be the 3 most important rules to live by when it comes to photography. These are probably not your typical ones, because such things as the rule of 3rds will NOT be found here.

    So, without further ado, here are what I consider to be the 3 most important rules to photography, and I learned them here on TPF:

    1) Always shoot in Manual mode, or shutter or appreture priority--NEVER in auto (unless you're doing snapshots or just goofing)
    2) Never use the onboard flash (unless you absolutely have to)
    3) It is always better to underexpose than overexpose

    These are Jo Cose's golden rules. If you always follow these rules, you can fix anything in Photoshop. The rule of 3rds? Just cut, move and paste where you want the object. Underexposed? Use curves or lighten or contrast to adjust.

    There you go. Thank you for your time and attention, and thank you for your help in learning these rules! :hail:
     
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    Do you realize how many people that is going to upset! :lol:
     
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    OK please educate a newbie here. Why shouldn't I use the onboard flash? i have seen some real poor shots that I have taken with the flash, but occasionally they come out pretty good as well.
     
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    under expose digital
    over expose film sorry thats my rule
     
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    Unless you learn the technical aspects of flash ligh it can be rather hit & miss.

    I don't think there are any real "don'ts" in photography but generally the on board flash on the DSLR are not normally up to the job of a proper setup and correctly adjusted flash unit.
     
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    It's still better to under expose since the light information is still recorded, just darker. This is immediately apparent in astrophotography especially when photographing planets!
     
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    Possibly, but these are MY rules, so if they get upset, it's their own problem! :)
     
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    one more:
    remeber to take off the cap from the lens...

    oh and one more: remember to turn on a camera if it's digital
    or... if it's film.. remember to load it :)
     
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    Harpua, I'm a newbie as well, but from what I've learned so far, the onboard flash isn't very good and it's placed in such a way that it will wash out everything. In all honesty, there are times...if you know what you're doing (and I don't), you can use the flash as filler, but I'm not there yet, so my rule sticks :)

    Actually, in last month's Popular Photography, they had a really cool idea: Take a 35mm film canister that is that translucent one (not the black one), cut a hole in the side and slide it over the flash--you have a MacGuyver-style (or Ghetto-style depending on your point-of-view) difuser...I so want to try this, but I don't have any of those kinds of canisters...only the black ones.
     
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    Could be...I know f-all about film. And yea, I should have said that my rules apply to digital photography.

    Sorry for the confusion, and thanks for the film rule :thumbup:
     
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    My own rules (just for myself!)

    1, Under expose by at least 1/2 stop
    2, Keep notes & write them up neatly with the negs/contact sheet (and don't lose the note book!:x )
    3, Get as close as possible to minimise using zoom & long, shakey lenses.
     

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