Errors are common in photography. Here's a checklist I created to help me avoid the worst of them so that I do not screw up that ideal shot.
Before the Shoot
– Charge battery in the camera, spare in the bag
– Empty sd card in the camera, spare in the bag
– Video camera set to shoot raw
– Image size to large
– Photo control to your choice (neutral is mine).
– ISO set to wanted value, generally 100.
– Camera in ideal mode (aperture concern or manual).
– Shutter release set to your preference (single or mirror up).
During the Shoot.
– As soon as composition is set, lock down tripod legs, ballhead, and video camera plate.
– Examine focus and depth of field.
– Prior to each shot examine lens and filters for dust or water drops.
– After each shot review your pie chart and highlight warning, adjust direct exposure or bracket if required.
– Examine the corners and edges of each shot for distracting aspects or crucial aspects that are cut off.
– Check for lens flare.
– Bracket a couple of shots for white balance.
– If shoot moving objects, try various shutter speeds.
After the Shoot.
Commemorate your kick ass shot!
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