15 Repeated Mistakes Photographers Can Easily Avoid

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Regardless of how long we practice photography, there are some very simple and avoidable mistakes that we make. Though it may not happen as frequently as when when were novices, it usually occurs at the worst possible moment, ruining what otherwise would be a great shot. Here are a short list of common mistakes that if avoided will help ensure you come back with that great shot rather than the one that got away.

Immediately Download and Backup Your Images

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Format Your Memory Cards


Check and Set Your ISO and White Balance Before a New Shoot


Pay Attention to Your Shutter Speed

Shutter speed  1/1000s Aperture  f/2 Focal length  200mm

Reset Your Focus Points to Personal Default

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Charge Batteries the Night Before a Shoot

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Double Check Your Camera Bag For All Important AccessoriesChris Gampat The Phoblographer Tenba Messenger DNA bags (12 of 22)ISO 501-100 sec at f - 18


Make a Checklist of All Equipment for Travel or Assignment

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Tenba Camera Bag review product images (1 of 10)ISO 2001-100 sec at f - 8.0

Set Your Camera to Your Default or Preferred Exposure Mode

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Double Check Your Leaving With Your Gear When Riding Public Transportation


Don’t Leave a Location Without Checking Your Equipment List

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Run Tests Before the Next Shoot if You’ve Dropped The Camera or Lens

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Olympus OMD EM10 product photos (4 of 7)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 4.0

Always Have a Lens or a Body Cap on Your Camera

Photo courtesy of Canon Rumors

Photo courtesy of Canon Rumors

Periodically Clean Your Camera Bag

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Always Have Backup Gear



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