Accidentally tilting the camera when you don't mean to might or might not be a bad thing depending on the photo but sometimes it can be. The grid is certainly not a bad thing because it's useful for avoiding that when it matters to me and easily ignored when it doesn't.
Tilting the camera. Not tilting the camera, keeping horizons straight, just some other "rules" that can be helpful or a hindrance and can get some people worked up.
A grid can be handy, no doubt. Use one sometimes my self.
Most of my experience is in digital, however composition is composition whether it's digital or analogue. I always use primes, I work for my shot and I always, even with lighting, try and get things right in camera. I find it makes life easier in post. However, like many people have said, if cropping makes the final image stronger, I say crop, crop, crop away! I do think there is something to learn though, from cropping. I think by cropping, it can help you hone your 'seeing' skills when composing your shot.
I will 99% of the time shoot for the final crop. I will not crop in the darkroom. There are only two instances that I will crop. I will crop when i'm shooting wildlife and don't have a long enough lens. Or I dont feel like being wastefull and cutting a sheet of paper to a square. (I shoot 6x6 for everything now)
I have never cropped a 4x5 neg and I also grind my holders to show the edges of the frame on all my holders.
I have nothing against people the crop but photography is a hobby for me and I like to work within restrictions. Restrictions like cropping in camera. Using only one lens. Adapting one camera for everything. Using wire frame sports finders. Using one film.
I like the adventure of it.
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Although I crop, (and use multiple lenses etc) I understand your point cjbecker. Restrictions will focus your attention on the subject matter and how best to capture it, one of the reasons I shoot film with a manual camera. It is an adventure.