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Big mistakes you've made while trying to learn the craft?

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Mar 24, 2009 17:13 |  #16

leaving home with too few cards/batteries/extras​. Missed alot of shots cuz I was chimping, trying to make room on cards that were full.
I once printed an entire roll of konica 10" paper, then forgot to bag it before taking it out in the light. Set a record for most shots wasted, but they werent mine and my boss never found out where the paper all disappeared to. reprint, and quickly.

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Mar 24, 2009 18:43 |  #17

Two I can recall (not huge mistakes, though one was a shot I really wished to have had).

I went to photograph my wife running in a the St. Paddy 4 mile race on Michigan Ave. I was shooting something like M, 1/1000 and f/4 and my wife and her friend posed for a portrait in front of Tiger Stadium. It was sunny, so I added some fill flash....and the camera reverted the shutter speed to 1/200 and totally blew out the shot by almost three stops.

Two, I went to an event that I wanted to shoot, pulled out the camera and fiddled with it for about 10 seconds before I noticed the 'No CF Card' message on the LCD. Then I put the camera away.

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Mar 24, 2009 19:50 |  #18

chauncey wrote in post #7588677 (external link)
not doing photography until much later in my life

Yes me too - although I'm only 22 (:lol:) and picked it up in last September of 2008- so many people pick up their cameras in high school or earlier, so I feel like I have so much to learn before graduating in a year and a half :o

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Mar 24, 2009 20:53 as a reply to  @ babuszka's post |  #19

Processing the backing paper off a roll of 120 TrI-X.. At the time too inexperienced and too much in a rush.. For that I won the f***up of the month, had I make the coffee for the guys and buy a lottery ticket..

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Mar 24, 2009 20:57 |  #20

Not bringing my DSLR when I was in Montana and Wyoming for 7 weeks.

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Mar 25, 2009 17:18 |  #21

Missing many photos due to being timid. I always have my camera in my trunk, just in case... then when that moment happens and theres a lot of people around I never take the shots. I swear next time, I'm doing it.

As someone else mentioned, I also rush when I am shooting people sometimes. I usually get my exposure right and then just do a bunch of different compositions. I am always hesitant to try out different exposures in combination with the compositions. Then it comes review time and I wish I had more/less depth, etc...

It wasn't until about 1.5 years in that I realized a grey card is for exposure & not necessarily white balance. I'd been using one for white balance which wasn't a big problem, but I'm sure I could have saved some shots if I used it for exposure too.

It also took me about 1.5 years to start shooting RAW. I've come to realize basic PP really isn't that bad & well worth the effort in many cases.

I also wish I understood how the autofocus sensors actually worked earlier. For about a year I thought they were all the same and I did not know they detected contrast. Knowing this helped me a lot focusing in low light / low contrast scenes.

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Mar 25, 2009 17:28 |  #22

Doing anything free. Doing anything for family. Especially doing anything free for family.

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Mar 25, 2009 17:33 as a reply to  @ buurin's post |  #23

Was a crime scene investigator and not yet terribly skilled in photography.....shot a "36" roll on a death scene and the next day opened the camera & discovered the film tab never picked no shots were actually about a sinking feeling!

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Mar 25, 2009 19:31 |  #24

rral22 wrote in post #7589262 (external link)
Buying things that I knew were not exactly what I really wanted, but were what I thought was "more affordable".

After finally getting rid of them at a loss, I eventually bought what I knew was the best all along, but ended up spending more than I would have if I had purchased the right stuff in the beginning.

Cheap stuff is too expensive.

I have had a 40D for 2 weeks, it's my first DSLR and I have caught myself several times starting to buy lens that from reading this site I knew would not do what I wanted.

Good advice.




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Mar 25, 2009 20:20 |  #25

Metalstrm wrote in post #7588797 (external link)
My biggest one so far: being shy on the street.

Another one that is important: it is so easy to overdo the edits. One has to keep a light touch and give his eyes a break. Look at something else, have a break, go out and return, whatever. When you look at the picture again you'll be looking from the point of view of an onlooker, which is good. Your opinion will be more objective and it's much easier to notice mistakes this way.

Both of these apply to me. The 2nd one makes a hugh difference.

I have gotten better on the 1st one. I took a 3-day workshop on street photography and was fine asking people if I could take their photo by the end of the 3 days.

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Mar 25, 2009 22:28 |  #26

My biggest professional mistake occured two weekends ago as a second shooter. The main and I were outside shooting the B&G, and his card was full. I pulled the card out of my 2nd body, which I had used for some of the formals at the church and some of the ceremony. Unfortunately he didn't see me pull it out of my camera, and I wasn't really thinking about it when I handed him the card. Naturally the first thing he did was format the card and go on shooting, and I didn't realize it until after he shot with it for half an hour so recovery was likely not possible.

Thankfully I had shot the procession, kiss, most of the formals, and the rest of the critical stuff with my primary body. We redid the formals outside without even telling them, so we pretty much managed to cover our butts.

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Mar 25, 2009 22:36 |  #27

Traveling 1.5 hrs to get to a place to take photos only to realise you left the battery for your camera at home....yes i know stupid but hey..Everyone makes mistakes :(


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Mar 25, 2009 22:42 |  #28

I had only had my 40d for a few weeks, and JUST shot my first gig. I was on cloud 9 and decided to go to ANOTHER club and take some more photos.
SOMEHOW I got past the front door guy ("nope.. I'm not going to take pictures...promise"), then found out that my favorite singer was a guest that night.
This night was a total dream for me... for YEARS I have been wanting to shoot this artist with a real camera, rather than my crappy P&S's.
So what did I do??
I shot the whole show with my lens on MF, and wondered the whole time why my shots were all fuzzy!
GOD, I'm never gonna live down that rookie mistake!

(life apparently had pity on me, cuz the next night I got my first photo pass to reshoot the same artist in a theatre)

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