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Thought it might be a good opportunity to share knowledge, thoughts, philosophies etc as a group on what we think we've learned about the hobby (usually through or own blunders). Please limited your words of wisdom to 3 items per day and try to keep it concise. To begin.

1. Cheap tripods fail - always. Don't skimp here.

2. When shooting ground level, always assume there are chiggers.

3. All gators are faster than you.
 

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1. I had no idea it was such a complex entity.

2. I had no idea it was such a powerful vortex.

3. I had no idea that there was such a huge following.

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1. A novice photog can quickly outgrow a "prosumer" digicam... in my case, an Oly SP570uz...

2. A new in box, 2-year-model old dSLR can be had for a song, and said novice shows no signs of outgrowing it... :)

3. everyone but me, my wife, and our parents very quickly get tired of seeing more and more pics of our babys. :eek:hwell:
 

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1. If you drop your camera with a nifty fifty on...it will land camera side down.

2. If you drop your camera with a L series lens it will drop lens side down.

3.
 

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1. It's more about the hunt than the shot.
2. It's going to cost a lot more than you think.
3. OFF insect repellent towelettes are the best accessory there is for your camera bag.
 

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1. If you forget to check your ISO setting, it will somehow default to 3200 or higher.

2. The first thing to give out during a long shoot is usually your knees.

3. Learning how to retouch a portrait well will get you invited to lots of parties.
 

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1. Theres no substitute for TP. Especially in the woods when you have to sacrifice your shirt and its 10-20 degrees outside.

2. No matter how mechanically sound and harmonious you become with your equipment and getting good images, you still feel inferior to other photographers images.

3. The only difference between a photographer who sells his work and us is......OUR WORK IS STILL ON OUR HARD DRIVE!!!!!

Good thread....
 

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...I like where this is going...

1. If you set a camera to bracket, you will forget to change it back at least 30% of the time and wonder why the stupid thing cant get the exposure right. There is a 100% chance this will take place during the "money" part of the shoot.

2. The quandry of whether or not to use a UV filter will never be definitely settled.

3. A Special shot is a function of the moment, the subject, composition and execution. It can never be duplicated...I know - I've tried.
 

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Learning from my blunders

1. Always remember WHIMS.....I have been so rapped up in the moment, ive forgotten to change the WB back from the night before.

WHIMS
  • W: White Balance
  • H: Hightlight clipping warning
  • I: ISO
  • M: Mode (JPEG or RAW)
  • S: Shooting (Resetting to the right shooting mode for the subject: Aperture Priorty, Shutter Priority, Manual, etc.)
2. Besure and carry extra batteries for eveything. Started down one of the trails at BBSP to find out my flash batteries were near dead.

3. And along them same lines, besure you have all the equiptment your going to need. Was at the beach for an early sunrise, was about to mount my Lee filters, had the mount, but........no filters.
 

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1. When that perfect owl shot is in front of you, your SD cards is at home in your laptop (Yes, at BBSP). I now carry 2 of them in a little wallet on my camera strap. Saved me several times already.

2. I keep a disposable shower cap in my fanny pack for protecting the camera. Also have one of those $2 disposable "emergency" rain ponchos in there. Both have been used, both have saved a day and possibly a camera.

3. I've learned bean bag in my fanny pack too. Made one for about $0.50 that fits the bottom of my fanny pack perfectly. HERE and HERE.
 

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1. When that perfect owl shot is in front of you, your SD cards is at home in your laptop (Yes, at BBSP). I now carry 2 of them in a little wallet on my camera strap. Saved me several times already.

2. I keep a disposable shower cap in my fanny pack for protecting the camera. Also have one of those $2 disposable "emergency" rain ponchos in there. Both have been used, both have saved a day and possibly a camera.

3. I've learned bean bag in my fanny pack too. Made one for about $0.50 that fits the bottom of my fanny pack perfectly. HERE and HERE.
I've got the memory card wallets on my camera strap, great little gadgets. These other two items are something I'll put to good use.....Thanks !!
 

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Lately, Murphy's Law has been applying itself to some of my endeavors. If it can go wrong, it will! :(

If it ain't broke, please do not touch it.

Just because you think your light stand is safe, sturdy and secure, a thousand high school kids walking by it may not! True story.

Check and double check your bag before heading off into the sunset/sunrise. Dang I hate that when it happens. I was ten miles down the road when I remembered I had left the Skyport receivers on the chargers in the garage. :(
 

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1. If you learn how to use it, a cheap point and shoot can be a very practical tool.
2. If you don't know how to do something, google it first.
3. You can set up a pretty darn effective portrait studio for under $100.
 

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I.....AM....A......Ladies Man:cool:!!!! OOOPS wrong forum
 

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The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism. - - Norman Vincent Peale

Too much depth of field does exist...once you reach full dof in a frame the additional stops will only distort the image (past sweet spot) and encourage motion blur.

Here's a good one - Adobe RGB for prints SRGB for web.
 

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A few Tech things Ive learned

1. When shooting with a long lens, try and keep the shutter speed equal to or greater than to focal lenght.

2. When using your Histogram, remember "expose to the right". This will help reduce noise in an image.

3. When shooting in RAW, the camera settings (picture style, sharpness, sat, contrast, ect, ) do not apply. These are only usable in JPEG, TIFF, ect.

And one more, When shooting in RAW I always presharpen (125/ 1.0/ .3 ). before converting to JPEG/ TIFF, And post sharpen for the media. (web or printing)
 
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