Yes, you should definitely know first hand how to properly expose a photograph. If you don't, then your photography will be a hit-and-miss affair. So, whether you are using Av (Aperture Priority), Tv (Shutter Priority) or Manual, you should definitely know when your photographs are properly set. (Yes, I am a Canon shooter...)
However, when you already know the ropes when it comes to proper exposure, then you can certainly break from the rules and produce photographs that aren't exactly "normal". This was what I did with the following photos. I under- and overexposed the photos to provide a different feel for my respective subjects.
So, next time you hold on to your precious camera, then try to do the same, just for kicks and see what you will get. :)
Both photos made at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Shot made with a Canon 5D Mark II with a Canon EF 24-105 f/4L IS USM lens. Want a great backpack for your DSLR? Check out my review of my favorite bag, the Lowepro Versapack 200 AW, here and here. Photos post-processed in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3.
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