Preparation is everything, what do I mean by this?
Well you are off to photograph an event, wedding, or just going to take pictures at a family event. So you need to make sure you are prepared for that task. So what do you need to do?
Before I go off on a photoshoot I run through a checklist that I have developed to make sure that I have not forgotten anything, nothing worse than turning up somewhere with a flat battery. It is a bit like to turning up to a black tie event in t-shirt and jeans, it does not look good.
So what sort of things should be on your checklist?
Well mine includes things like :
- making sure the memory cards are cleared
- Batteries are charged
- Lens cleaned
- Mirror cleaned
- Camera bag packed with what you need
- Lens cleaning equipment
- spare batteries
- spare memory cards
- plastic bag in case of rain
- note book
- water bottle
I am sure we can all add more to the list. The more prepared you are for a photo session the more enjoyment and he better chance you will have of getting some great photos. For my trips into WOMAD, I have made sure I have everything in the above list, and since I am covering it for a major magazine I make sure I have business cards, media passes, copy of the program. I also use my iPhone for note-taking and recording sound bites as well. I also often carry a small video camera is case there is something that can only work as a moving image. If you are lucky enough to afford it a spare camera is also rather handy.
So think about what you need the next time you are taking your camera out.
Below is a pic from my coverage of WOMAD from my other blog