There are things professional photographers do that are almost certain to get them placed on Santa’s “bad guy” list. Are you guilty of committing any of these photography "sins"?
Tis the season to own up to some of those habits or moments that you may not be so proud of. I took a few minutes to inquire among colleagues about some of those less-than-professional habits. Here are a few of the responses I received.
Neglecting to Clean Equipment
It appears that even the busiest photographers are guilty of neglecting to service their gear. We all know this isn’t a wise practice and that proper maintenance is a requirement associated with any mechanical device. Most manufactures recommend having your cameras inspected once every one to two years. The environment you expose your gear to will obviously play a role in how often you clean and service your equipment.
I’ve owned and used my Nikon D810’s since their release. They’ve never been cleaned. I’m going to hell for sure.
While some may have the confidence to shoot a remarkable set of images without ever needing to peek at the LCD on the back of their camera, others admit to a practice referred to as chimping.
I get anxiety if I don’t at least peek at my LCD screen every now and then during a set. I admit that I do it a lot less if other photographers are nearby.
Forgetting Memory Cards
If you’ve ever reached for memory cards that you neglected to include in your kit, you know the sinking feeling that comes following the realization that you’ve forgotten one of the most essential pieces of your shoot.
Last week, I was asked to come to a private airstrip for an emergency recon of the wildlife reserve I'm staying at. A member of the anti-poaching unit thought that he heard a shot. Four of us jumped into the chopper. Just as we were about to take off, I realized that I had forgotten my SD cards. I didn't say anything. The pilot/land owner/South African Crocodile Dundee/sharpshooter circled the interesting areas a second time. 'I'll just circle again for Mike.' I recorded it on my shi**y Honor 9 phone camera. He hasn't asked for the footage yet. I've a sinking feeling that I'm going to be used as leopard bait.
Shooting Group Portraits at f/1.4 or f/2 on Accident
Ever relied on aperture priority mode during an event, shooting at apertures like f/1.4 or f/2 and forget to switch to a more appropriate aperture for group portraits? Umm, yeah, me either. It’s always a facepalm moment when you realize most of the party in your group portraits are out of focus.
Faking the Funk to Land a Job
When potential clients call you up to do a type of job you’ve never done before, but you just act like it’s an everyday thing to land the gig. 'Oh that’s no problem at all, I can give you my standard quote for that.'
No One Is Perfect
We’re all likely guilty of photography practices we’re not exactly proud of. Whether you’re the type that sticks their finger in the cake while shooting a wedding to taste that delicious frosting before anyone else gets their paws on it, or you’re a repeat offender of chimping during a shoot, there’s help for you somewhere. I think.
Confess your photography sins in the comments below.
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