What NOT to Do on a Photo Shoot (D120)

You’re all set up for a photo shoot. Maybe it’s one of your first, you’re doing it for free to get practice or build your portfolio. Or perhaps it’s a client that booked you after seeing your images on Facebook or your blog.

You’re excited. You’ve looked at images for inspiration. You connected with your client online or via phone to make sure you understand what they’re looking for. Your gear is packed.

You don’t have a checklist to follow yet, but you’re pretty sure you’ve got everything ready. You even remembered to clean your lenses.

Off you go to the shoot…confident, inspired, ready.

After the initial greeting and small talk, you get set up. Tripod, lights, reflector or maybe you’re all natural light and hand held.

Here you go… shot 1, shot 2. Check the settings, adjust to fit the lighting conditions. Shot 3. Looking better.

Shot 4. No good. You check the back of your camera and the image isn’t showing up in the viewfinder. You think it’s just taking a while. You wait. Then decide to just take another shot. No good. That’s not working either. You look at the menu. Uh-oh.

What just happened? Do you know? Have you ever been there?

Battery is flashing. You forgot to recharge your battery! In all the excitement, you forgot one of the basic elements. This is the #1 thing NOT TO DO on a photo shoot.

(I’m not saying this happened to me. I’m not saying it didn’t either. I’m just saying…charge your battery.)

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Today’s shot was impromptu. Pressed for time, I shot in auto. 5 quick shots. Not enough light or even height for the girls to really jump. So many things I would do differently. Can’t wait to get them in the studio for a REAL photo shoot! Processed with Kubota actions in Photoshop to change the color and make it fun!

Manual: Page 26—Shooting, Playback, Setup
Images: Browsed images online at photographer.com, StumbleUpon.com, and flickr.

  • http://eph2810.com/ Iris

    Although I don't have too many shoots (yet), I always have a second battery with me. I am always afraid that I forget my memory stick – not sure why, but I always triple-check the memory slot before leaving the house. Maybe I should just invest in a second one – just in case :)

    • http://tasra365.com tasra

      Smart girl! I gotta get a second battery too. I do have a second memory card though. :-)

  • chrisdickey

    been their done that. Thats what makes this challenge so great you are forced to shoot every day and mistakes are made along the way, but its all good cause learning is a long journey and mistakes are part of learning.

    • http://tasra365.com tasra

      You are so right! So glad I can learn in the context of this challenge without fear of failure!

  • chrisdickey

    been their done that. Thats what makes this challenge so great you are forced to shoot every day and mistakes are made along the way, but its all good cause learning is a long journey and mistakes are part of learning.

  • http://tasra365.com tasra

    Smart girl! I gotta get a second battery too. I do have a second memory card though. :-)

  • http://tasra365.com tasra

    You are so right! So glad I can learn in the context of this challenge without fear of failure!