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7 mistakes of any photographer

If you are a one of the gay wedding photographers nyc, you have at least seven funny stories that you would rather not remember. Well, yes, it is true – as a person tends to make mistakes, so it is common for a photographer to make mistakes again and again. No matter how pragmatic we are, we still shoot under the influence of our feelings, and not of the head, which means that we are regularly torn between head and heart, generating internal conflicts, and then we tensely resolve them. If we take into service such anti-sciences as sociology and statistics, we get a sure list of our own bugs and errors that most people face. Each of them teaches us something, some temporarily bypass them, and we meet them in articles like this one, just so that fate passes us by and goes to another photographer to destroy his hard drive.

Read it, and if this hasn’t happened to you, try to avoid it in the future. If there is a negative experience that could replenish our piggy bank, welcome to filling our new open article. So what to avoid:

Free work and dumping. It’s about work and it’s about dumping. If “friends asked”, “relatives called”, etc., this is not dumping and has nothing to do with work. Cases of kidalov, too, in this case, are not taken into account. A bunch of photographers, especially at first, dumping in the hope that “later” the situation will improve, they will rise and become cool professionals and will cut a lot of money on orders – everything is not true, there is no easy money, and if you don’t have a name, work with a customer is built only on good quality, and it is no longer possible without tangible billing. Excuses from customers that “there is no money now”, “there is no budget”, “we can only pay 2,000 rubles for 1,000 elements of an online store” are just options for finding a student who is ready to work for a penny, and then this is an opportunity to squeeze him out, like a lemon, along the way, a scumbag that he doesn’t know how to shoot at all, and they are only doing him a favor with this order. If you don’t know how to value yourself, others won’t either. And the point here is not at all in formed thinking – on the contrary, the right client always knows that the product (and not the photo) is expensive, and this is how he sells his product … while there are a lot of customers looking for losers for their cheap orders, for which the work, of course, will look cheap. Remember your costs, arm yourself with a calculator and count.
Unverified settings. The camera, the light, the portable flash, even the length of the strap, it all matters. If you start shooting in the mode that is selected in the camera without remembering what exactly you shot before, it is possible that the first couple of times you will get away with it, but since normal photographers do not shoot in the “auto” mode, the settings need check – the camera behind your head will not move your brains, and if last time you were in a club shooting at ISO 12800 and aperture f / 2.8, and now you have taken the camera to the studio and shot the model in studio light, and you may be very surprised, that I had to set the sources to the very minimum and move them away so that they do not overexpose, as well as notice “some graininess” in the pictures during post-processing. However, this does not happen to everyone, and this is only a fantastic extreme – however, if you forget to check the settings before shooting (and also regularly during it), without being distracted by checking frames on the screen (this is done only by advertising studios with super-professional models that get used to the image in a second), then in the “post” you will find a lot of surprises. The mode dial can turn on a budget device, you accidentally press the button yourself or the children help, you just forget to change the settings when you quickly enter the room from the street or vice versa – there are a lot of errors, and there is only one rule: check the settings for any change in the shooting situation, as well as regularly during routine shooting.
Fear. We are all afraid – only idiots and children under one year old do not experience fear. However, the naturalness of these sensations should not be misleading – it is one thing to be afraid that you will accidentally lose photos and make three backups (an absolutely conscious action), and quite another to be embarrassed to get a camera in the crowd to take something interesting, to be afraid of gopniks who glamorously walking down the street (a cool sight in itself), approaching an unfamiliar girl and offering to take a portrait … there are a huge number of options for photo-phobias, but not all of them win. You will not be afraid to overcome your indecision, you will never become the master of the frame, which means you will not shoot anything worthy, except perhaps by accident. We photographers are brave people, just in different ways. Personally, I do not have the courage to climb into the crowd of fascist youth with sharpeners, armed only with a camera and boots – but this is not my genre either. Climbing closer to the subject, getting involved in the action – this is the task of the photographer, the necessity that needs to be fulfilled in order to get a good shot.
The memory card has run out/small/not inserted in the camera. A professional has a completely different workflow compared to any amateur – and sometimes a memory card (or, as it’s right now, memory cards) experiences certain overloads and stores a lot of information that has yet to be downloaded to a computer, and often due to a busy schedule and You don’t remember what you got and what you didn’t. And at the right moment, when all the cards are over, there is absolutely no need to doubt the uniqueness of the information on the free card before formatting it. The only correct solution here is to regularly and routinely, elevated to an absolute rule, transfer pictures to the computer when you first appear on the doorstep after shooting projects or at the end of the shooting day – even if you do not have time to analyze the pictures, spend five minutes turning on the computer and launching the import, previously configured by you. In this case, you will not have to strain, whether you downloaded photos from some kind of card or not, and there will be no precedents for accidentally formatting the necessary shootings. Please note that no matter what the memory card is, sooner or later it will still fill up, and the problem will have to be solved, so the issue of using large memory cards is only a partial solution to the problem, it just helps to think less about such trifles as overflow ( carrying a laptop or a disk with you to drain overflowing cards on them is only a partial solution to the problem, violating the rule of two backups). Moreover, if you downloaded some of the pictures, leaving them on the card, and shoot from above, you will no longer be able to format this card with a clear conscience – after all, you haven’t managed to back up today’s shooting yet. A separate case is when the photographer forgets the card in the computer, and only another routine rule helps here: after importing, insert the card back.
Didn’t make a backup. This has already been mentioned above, which is why an extra mention is only necessary (for details, click the links above or use the search) – it is impossible to be too careful, simply because life constantly humors and makes fun of us, and sooner or later your archival storage system will fail . It’s good if at the same time a copy of it remains somewhere, which can be restored at least partially. In any case, remember that you should always have at least two copies of the same information geographically separated from each other. Any other methods are also applicable, especially if you are aware of the possible risks and their costs. The worst thing that can happen is the loss of information without a trace, without the slightest possibility of at least partial recovery (remember that, for example, smart preview in lightroom is also a way to backup source files). Store your entire library in your favorite laptop that you carry everywhere? On a computer disk? On DVD discs? No copy? Think about it – learning from your mistakes has long been bad manners.
Didn’t clean the lens, forgot to charge the batteries. Keeping weapons ready for battle, polished and oiled is not just a matter of safety, but good manners and a rule of life. Accordingly, the camera, batteries, and lens must be in working condition so that the working material is working, and not annoying you at every step, because irritation spoils the mood, and it, in turn, spoils the photos. Covering spots on sensors, swearing about soap on the lens, streaks on light spots … it’s easy, but it’s much easier to wipe the glass before shooting, right?
Broke the camera. It is impossible not to think about such things, although the last thing you want to think about is. Keep the camera in your hands, on the strap, at all times. When changing lenses, keep it on the belt especially – there is less chance that it will fall. Remember that plastic cameras are less protected from falls, but this does not mean that the piece of iron will not break after walking on concrete steps. Remember that the camera is your working tool, breaking which is not good even unintentionally, which is why you value it like the apple of your eye.
In general, be optimistic and responsible – it is no coincidence that thousands of photographers have developed standard methods of working with images through their sad experience, use this to get out of the battle with a client not just undefeated, but with a minimum of losses!