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'Rules of photography' - a budding anthology

Discussion in 'General Equipment Chat & Advice' started by Monobod, May 14, 2007.

  1. Straightarm

    Straightarm Well-Known Member

    Prevention is better than treatment

    always be nice to the judge's labrador!
     
  2. Lounge Lizard

    Lounge Lizard Well-Known Member

    Re: Prevention is better than treatment

    ...and hand the judge their white cane when they leave. :D
     
  3. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    Re: Prevention is better than treatment

    Hang on, David - aren't you a judge? :D
     
  4. El_Sid

    El_Sid Well-Known Member

    Re: Prevention is better than treatment

    'Nuff said........ :rolleyes: :D
     
  5. Norman

    Norman Well-Known Member

    Re: The Robert Cappa Rule

    Quite right too. I've never seen photography as a competitive past time. Never entered a picture in any competition nor asked for appraisal. One of the major reasons Ive never joined a camera club, they always seem too geared towards competitions.
     
  6. Lounge Lizard

    Lounge Lizard Well-Known Member

    Re: The Robert Cappa Rule

    As they say in motor racing "competition improves the breed". Some people (and this includes certain people here) are competent photographers and are happy with their work and have no urge to compete with others. On the other hand, I like competition in much the same way as playing a recreatioal sport to win. It gives you goals to aspire to and standards (although somewhat arbitrary) to measure yourself against.

    It happens in many pastimes. Take dancing for example. You can dance to enjoy. Some people get an extra kick out of being the best and to motivate themselves and to prove that to themselves, they compete in dancing events. I also enjoy set subject competitions - it makes me think hard about my interpretation of the subject. In fact, many clubs have a healthy competition structure simply because it encourages members to go out and take pictures and then have them assessed by another person and compared to the work of their peers in the club. It is meant to be constructive, motivational and educational.

    It's not everybody's cup of tea. I've just won an event in my club and though I should be pleased for winning, I also feel disappointed that some of the better members in the club didn't take part so the win is a little meaningless to me. :(
     
  7. Norman

    Norman Well-Known Member

    Re: The Robert Cappa Rule

    My post wasn't intended to suggest that photography should never be seen as a competitive past time, only that it was not how I saw it. I apologise if the wrong impression was left.
     
  8. Lounge Lizard

    Lounge Lizard Well-Known Member

    Re: The Robert Cappa Rule

    No problem Norman. I didn't see it that way anyway and I just wanted to put forward the counter argument.
     
  9. Per

    Per Well-Known Member

    Re: The Robert Cappa Rule

    Ah reminds me of another 'rule':

    It's not if you win or loose that counts, it's how you lay the blame.

    :)
     
  10. TimF

    TimF With as stony a stare as ever Lord Reith could hav

    Re: The Robert Cappa Rule

    It can, but you might need to be aware of the danger of altering your style to suit whatever prejudices a judge might have, as opposed to impressing your worldview on them.
     
  11. Sally_Morgan

    Sally_Morgan Well-Known Member

    Guidelines that work for me:

    Before I turn my camera off, I make myself put the settings back to the ones I use most commonly (especially ISO and whitebalance).

    If I'm using it handheld, I set it to 'shutter priority'. If I'm using a tripod I set it to 'apperture priority'.
     
  12. Geoffers

    Geoffers Well-Known Member

    One of my chief rules:
    Remember to turn round sometimes.

    Most of my togging is done out walking, usually on a circular route. If you don't look to see where you've been occasionally you can miss some cracking views.
     
  13. jchrisc

    jchrisc Well-Known Member

    Re: The Robert Cappa Rule

    Vitae Lampada . . . . :rolleyes:
     
  14. Hotblack

    Hotblack Dead Horse Flogger

    Re: The Robert Cappa Rule

    True. I know members in our club who wish to know what a judge has marked and commented on in the past so that they can tailor their images for that competition.
     
  15. Lounge Lizard

    Lounge Lizard Well-Known Member

    Re: The Robert Cappa Rule

    It's no bad thing if that means that their photography develops. After all, the judge should be there to offer advice on how images may be improved so it's perfectly logical that some people might want to take note and act on it.
     
  16. Hotblack

    Hotblack Dead Horse Flogger

    Re: The Robert Cappa Rule

    Maybe, but that's just pandering to a certain judges proclivities. I personally will only take what I want to and s*d the judge. If he doesn't like it that's up to him.
     
  17. Lounge Lizard

    Lounge Lizard Well-Known Member

    Re: The Robert Cappa Rule

    I won't argue with that. You must do whatever you derive most pleasure from (within limits of course! ;) ). Some get pleasure from doing what pleases themselves and some get pleasure from doing what pleases others, including judges. Some manage to do both and they tend to be consistently good all-round photographers.
     
  18. Barney

    Barney Well-Known Member

    Re: The Robert Cappa Rule

    If your photos aren't good enough, buy some more gear!
     
  19. Norman

    Norman Well-Known Member

    Re: The Robert Cappa Rule

    It won't make you a better photographer but it will feel like it. ;) ;)
     
  20. Barney

    Barney Well-Known Member

    Re: The Robert Cappa Rule

    That way you're always improving!
     

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