- All my photos are of real life views that you could see with your own eyes (if your eyes were sensitive enough). I will never add stuff into photos that was not in the view of the camera when the shot was taken.
- Any composite photos I assemble (whether they be mosaic stitches, or varying exposures such as HDR) are all taken immediately one after the other in as short a time as practicably possible to avoid any chance that time is a factor in distorting a scene. I definitely do not combine elements of multiple photos that are taken at different times, locations, lenses, or scenes. My guiding philosophy is that composite photos are ok if they could be reproduced in one shot if you had some (hypothetical) uber camera with massive ISO, massive dynamic range, and fantastic noise response. Only "stacking" is excluded from this, but as stacking is done by taking multiple shots of exactly the same view (e.g. tracking a deep sky object) then this doesn't break the intention of the rules.
- Post-processing (often referred to by some as "photoshopping") is limited to stretching the spectrum, adjusting levels, noise reduction, sharpening, spot removal, hot pixel removal, colour balancing, curve adjustments, and on rare occasions removing any small annoying elements that are inconsequential to the image (e.g. a stray foot print in the sand made when I'm blindly wandering about in the dark). Again, I never add stuff in that's not already in the photo.
- I don't use any "remote" professional telescopes that allow you to buy time online and use. Don't get me wrong, its a fantastic idea and a way to get great photos (and probably the way of the future), but its sort of like, for example, me giving you a call on the phone and telling you to go out and take a photo of a specified target, with your camera and your lens, at specified camera settings, at a specified time of day, etc - then asking you to email me the picture to which I then call it my own...it just doesn't seem like its truly your work. An additional caution - many photography competitions prohibit submission of any images done using this method.
- Ok, ok...I do ADD something into my photos that wasn't there in reality - my signature (thanks to those who couldn't resist pointing that out!). Others would say its more of a detraction rather than an addition to the photo...there are too many comedians in this world :)