Is there a priorities list?

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    There are seemingly dozens of things to consider (both technically and style wise) when taking a photo.
    Is there a suggested priorities list?
    '1. Lighting, 2. Composition, 3. Background.' or '1. Composition, 2. Color, 3. Depth of field.'
    Something like that?

    I know that after much experience the basic techniques will become ingrained and automatic, but for a beginning photographer the 'checklist' can sometimes seem overwhelming, and there is also a danger of becoming habituated to considering the 'wrong' thing first.

    Also, in many situations there is not enough time to run through the whole 32(?) item checklist.
    Which items should take priority?

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    In a perfect world, I would go like this:

    1. Lighting
    2. Composition
    3. Background

    In the real world, I end up like this:

    1. Composition
    2. Depth of field

    You can often trick the camera into making up for light and backgrounds. The key is always get your composition right.
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    Talking

    In a perfect world, I would go like this:

    1. Lighting
    2. Composition
    3. Background

    In the real world, I end up like this:

    1. Composition
    2. Depth of field

    You can often trick the camera into making up for light and backgrounds. The key is always get your composition right.
    Howdy......
    Thats how it works in my world......

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    one thing i always forget before taking the shot...

    - check my camera settings...

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    one thing i always forget before taking the shot...

    - check my camera settings...

    :P
    Especially ISO! :P


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    Especially ISO! :P
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    Hi knestle,

    For me everything ties for first place. But the single overriding factor in taking any picture is Exposure. I usually have a general idea of what my composition will be -- although I haven't done final framing an composition yet.

    I first check to determine my exposure options. Those options will ultimately determine if the composition I envision is even possible under the circumstances. For example, I want to stop action at a night time high school sporting event using only available light or I don't have a tripod but need extreme depth of field to capture the detail and depth I envision in my final photograph. Can I find an exposure that provides the tonal range I must have in my final picture? Do the circumstances, from an exposure standpoint, allow me to take this picture? If not, is there something I can do to make it possible? So, exposure becomes my first concern. Exposure is everything.

    Deciding that existing conditions and my equipment limitations will not allow me to take the picture I envision is frequently the reality and correct decision. At least I know, in advance, that if I take the picture anyway, it will be something less than I originally wanted.

    After I know the limits of exposure for any particular scene or what I must do to correct for available lighting, I'm free to make all the other decisions -- final composition, depth of field selection, shutter speed determination, etc.

    We all approach a shot with different priorities. This is the way my thinking typically goes.

    Good luck.

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    I think that if you were to try and prioritize when taking a shot then you would have failed at taking the shot because your focus would be on making sure you have every step on taking a good shot, instead of taking the shot.

    1. Take lots of pictures of subject with varying degree.
    2. make it difficult to take your shots, you learn from your mistakes.
    3. Delete delete delete.

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    The only Checklist I go through at this point is prior to going out to shoot. I use the WIFE Method.
    W - White Balance (usually on Auto anyways)
    I - ISO
    F - F Stop
    E - Exposure Compenstation (The Biggest thing I usually screw up with)

    Best thing for me to check all of this is to take some test shots and review it before getting serious with shots.
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    Everybody has missed the has missed the most important priority...

    Enjoy yourself
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