So there are some bad habits I have in my photography process, and some things that I do for the first time and have to then learn from them. It is only by trying and failing that we actually do learn, so I am not too hard on myself most of the time.
But if those mistakes cost me what could be a once in a lifetime shot, it can be a bit frustrating. Mostly its just day to day stuff like this:
1. Forgetting to charge my spare battery
2. Forgetting to take the CF card out of the computer after I upload images (and forgetting to wipe it too)
3. Not having a regular cleaning routine for my kit – including hardware and the bags (sand!)
4. Forgetting to check my settings on the camera BEFORE I go out for a shoot (REALLY BAD AT THIS!)
5. Not always allowing enough time to get to a shoot and be there to properly take advantage of the outing
6. Not stopping when I am driving – sometimes I am OK but most of the time I think “will get it on the way back” but then I don’t
7. Being a bit rough on gear – like putting my tripod in the sea and it fills up with sand in the legs (tho I recently found out how to take it apart and clean it, worked a treat)
8. Not bothering to get my tripod out when I really should – but getting better at this one esp now I have my new tripod head
9. Sometimes not being brave enough to go for a particular image, it might be in a place that is challenging for me to get to or a style I don’t feel comfortable in (like street photography)
10. Getting so caught up in the moment I forget a critical thing
Sound familiar? All of the shots above were taken when I did something silly or had no idea what I was doing at the time.
Make me feel better :) What are your mistakes?