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    with DSLRs, would you rather take a shot(or just fire burst rate) when there is a chance(hoping that one of the serveral frames will turn out sharp and nice), even though you know the composition might be bad, and not shooting at the right exposure? or would you rather give up that shot and shoot only when you have properly composed you picture?

    just a thought that crossed my mind. any comments?

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    I was once an assistant to a pro (whose name I better not reveal) - his philosophy fotr events was "just whack", in your many images, there must be one which will be useable and may even be the one that captures the essence of the moment.
    My take is that sometimes photography is not just technical - aperture setting, metering and all that jazz is important but totally critical. What is more important is whether your photo tells the story of what you are trying to portray.

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    Take the shot. Of course.
    Forget the technicalities.
    What is nice to you may not be nice to some other.
    The reverse is true, too.

    The Pulitzer Prize winning shot by Nick Ut was of a Viet (9 year old?) girl screaming from napalm attack from US planes.

    http://www.gallerym.com/work.cfm?ID=280

    It is simple black and white.
    Not cracking sharp focus.
    But he took the shot at that special moment. The expression of the boy in the foreground tells the story too.

    That kind of shot cannot be repeated.

    It did prick the conscience of many in USA at that time.
    These are the atrocities of war on civilians. Simple villagers who got nothing to do with the bickering politicians and the warmongers.
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    Default Re: miss a shot or take a bad shot?

    I go with my heart and shoot. Then back home I see how I can make it better by enhancement. Or how to make it better at first shot.

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    i agree. just take more shots. anyway this is the advantages of digital photography. shoot more never mind. no film to process later....

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    Default Re: miss a shot or take a bad shot?

    How bout giving examples?

    For me, say a man walking past a phone booth with some ''good'' composition....

    I would compose the photo properly, but fire off maybe a burst of a few shots.

    I will not spray aimlesly.But rather when I have the shot in mind.

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    it sure depends on the situation. sometimes it works.. :P

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    I'm relatively new to the photography scene, but what i observe is that with the presence of digital photography, more photographs are being captured that ever. Hence, nowadays there are those who just press that button without thinking twice. How was it then, that during the prevalence of film photography, that it went about?

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    when u sense the moment is coming, if u don't take it, how you know it is a good shot or bad shot..

    this question has only one answer...

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    Event or candid and non-stationary object....I will try my best to shoot(not anyhow) and hope to get a good one. There can be bad shots.

    Stationary, landscape and many to name, I will try to shoot with an approach as if I am using film. Not because using digital then simply burst off.

    If everyone simply anyhow shoot and think of PS later, yes you will improve PS skills but your photography skills
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    depends lah. sometimes, say you're looking at a landscape... got potential, but lighting sux. maybe frame and even take a shot for reference. but if really want to get a good shot, have to come back when the light is right. unless you're travelling lah, in which case lan lan, just take the best you can as a record.

    if it's an event, or a moment that will pass, just shoot lah. who knows how it'll turn out? that kind of shot, sometimes it's not the sharpness or technical details that make it good or bad.
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    Default Re: miss a shot or take a bad shot?

    If you are shooting sports, I think rapid shooting.

    If in a situation where things change (such as a sunset and there are birds in the sky) many shots.

    An active model.... many shots.

    For a motionless subject, bracketing.

    Just my thought
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    for me its quickly shooting at programme mode, at +0.3 ev. whats the use of shooting BURST when all images are too dark.

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    when see something, panic liao,where got time to think so much, jz shoot loh

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    anybody who came from a film background? care to give some insight on how you approached the different type of shoots in the past?

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    in my line of work, our photographers just whack, after that slowly delete. whack more rather than risk missing the shot
    eat. drink. shoot

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    Quote Originally Posted by itsybitsyspidy View Post
    anybody who came from a film background? care to give some insight on how you approached the different type of shoots in the past?
    bring 3 cameras?
    bring 2 assistant who are traiined to change film in shortest time?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_Yeo View Post
    bring 3 cameras?
    bring 2 assistant who are traiined to change film in shortest time?
    I saw this. One assistant. Photog shoots until end of 36th frame. Passes camera to assistant who hands him another loaded one.
    About 6 cameras or more. assistant reloads while photog shoots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by knpan View Post
    for me its quickly shooting at programme mode, at +0.3 ev. whats the use of shooting BURST when all images are too dark.
    I dont get your point....accurate metering too dark meh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JediForce4ever View Post
    I dont get your point....accurate metering too dark meh?
    yeah it always becomes too dark! i dont know why, it is like that in the d70s and d200 too.

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