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'Rules of photography' - a budding anthology

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

  1. Monobod

    Monobod Phantom of the forum

    Re: The Robert Cappa Rule

    You just wear out your knees a bit quicker with all that weight to carry around. :( Unless you have a willing 'Caddy'. :)
     
  2. Barney

    Barney Well-Known Member

    Re: The Robert Cappa Rule

    Don't be daft, you don't actually take it out with you!! It sits at home looking nice.
     
  3. Monobod

    Monobod Phantom of the forum

    Re: The Robert Cappa Rule

    Yes, it would be a shame to get dust all over a nice new lens, or mud on the bottom of the tripod legs. Heaven forbid that the camera strap with that bright red 'Pentax' logo would get creased or dirty.

    Kep it all in doors and only shoot macro pics of your other toys.

    ;) ;)
     
  4. Lounge Lizard

    Lounge Lizard Well-Known Member

    Investment Rules

    If you want to speculate and invest for the future, buy an old Leica, don't buy a dSLR.
     
  5. fridge

    fridge Well-Known Member

    Re: Investment Rules

    Christ David they'll never take it out of the bubble wrap, let alone take macro shots of it.

    Marc /forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif
     
  6. Ellie527

    Ellie527 Well-Known Member

    Look up and look down too, but keep a check for lamp posts.
     
  7. Iloca

    Iloca Well-Known Member

    Always shoot with the Sun behind you, (tricky if you're shooting 'Contra Jour') a great way to have your subjects look about 3 seconds from the 'money shot' :eek:
     
  8. Woolliscroft

    Woolliscroft Well-Known Member

    Re: Investment Rules

    My old Leica is already in the future, by 74 years (it was made in 1933) and is too busy taking pictures to be an investment. :rolleyes:
     
  9. Dorset_Mike

    Dorset_Mike Grumpy Old Fart

    Re: Investment Rules

    You don't mean there's something older than me still in use?
    Cheers (poor ol' chap's getting past it) MIKE
     
  10. TimF

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

    Re: Investment Rule - don't waste your money on gear, buy a book

    I certainly wouldn't want to disagree with the second part of your statement, David; indeed it should be Rule No. 1 (and the only compulsory one amongst the lot! ;)).

    However, if its a photograhic investment you want, don't bother with any but the most esoteric of equipment (and given that one auction house has now discontinued photographic gear sales, even that should be treated with caution). No, its either prints, or photobooks (ie books of pictures, not "how to" publications) which should be on the shopping list. Obviously one has to select with great care, and you're likely to get more misses than hits, but a well chosen book can make bigger money than anything else will - including Leicas.

    One of the most recent volumes in Parr & Badger's "The Photobook, Vol. 2", a book titled "Endcommercial" was only published a few years ago in 2002, at the £30 mark, yet it already seems to be worth over £500! Check these links (i) Amazon, and (ii) Abebooks. Annoyingly for me, it was a book I considered buying at the time, but never got round to.
     
  11. Monobod

    Monobod Phantom of the forum

    Re: Investment Rule - don't waste your money on gear, buy a book

    "
    perhaps because you didn't buy it and lots of others also, that is why it is rare today and therefore valuable!

    If we had all kept everything we ever bought or bought everything we wanted, there would be no rarety value in anything.
     
  12. TimF

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

    Re: Investment Rule - don't waste your money on gear, buy a book

    I think not. the vast majority of photobooks these days are only printed in short runs, so if demand exceeds that, and no reprint is forthcoming, the value will skyrocket.

    Other titles, such as Cartier-Bresson's "The Decisive Moment" attain a mystique over the years, which results in the same increase in monetary value. Put both together, and there you go!
     
  13. Monobod

    Monobod Phantom of the forum

    Re: Investment Rule - don't waste your money on gear, buy a book

    So be it then. Not very helpful if one wishes to expand a personal library!
     
  14. TimF

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

    Re: Investment Rule - don't waste your money on gear, buy a book

    Not all hope is lost. These books aren't going to vanish overnight, but its a good idea to keep one's ear close to the ground. :)
     
  15. TimF

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

    Re: The Robert Cappa Rule

    :)

    Seriously though, that should be "If your photos aren't good enough, leave some of the gear at home. Restrict your options and find shots with just one or two (preferably) prime focal lengths."
     
  16. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    Re: The Robert Cappa Rule

    Try taking the batteries out and seeing how good your inbuilt (brain) metering is.

    *Disclaimer - won't work with those newfangled digital things, or many slightlylessnewfangled analogue things*

    Make that a new rule - if it needs batteries, bin it. ;)
     
  17. Straightarm

    Straightarm Well-Known Member

    Ignore people who say the best way to start out out in photography is with a manual only camera and only a 50mm lens :)
     
  18. Lounge Lizard

    Lounge Lizard Well-Known Member

    Ignore people that give advice without the justification. ;)
     
  19. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    Ignore people who tell you to ignore people who tell you... etc /forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif
     
  20. alocima

    alocima In the Stop Bath

    I started with a Zenith slr (no exposure meter) about 30 years ago - . Believe me when you are on a poor boys budget and paying for film and developement you learn fast.
     

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