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Mental checklist - Tips and Tricks?

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Dec 12, 2010 07:39 |  #1

OK... As I move more into the realm of shooting mostly everything in manual, I find myself every so often forgetting a step and missing a few shots. I'll move from inside to outside and forget to change the ISO, or I put a remote trigger on my flash and forget to change it to manual and the proper exposure.

With so much to remember, do you guys have any tips or tricks to remember what has to be done with each shot? When you are shooting, what step do you do to insure you are making the proper adjustments each time to change scenes?

Thanks guys.

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Dec 12, 2010 09:44 |  #2

You just need to get into a routine. Do the same thing every time. Make it mnemonic if you need to.

The more you do it, the easier it gets. In a month, you'll be good to go if you just keep forcing yourself to get out there and adjust on the fly.

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Dec 12, 2010 10:15 |  #3

In my job I have many tasks that require attention to details and mental checklists. We all deal with it in our own way, but I think all the apprentices I have trained and myself and the guy that trained me arrived at some method of "starting point" thinking. There is a thought process that gets you to a point where you can devote your energy to being sure it is right. Tie up the loose ends of whatever was happening before, finish any conversations, put away any loose tools, and then begin to do the task. It gets easier to do after you do it about a gazillion times, the next big trick is learning to distrust yourself- being aware of and willing to stop everything and check up on your own ability to forget something and screw it up.

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Dec 12, 2010 10:36 |  #4

I'm pretty sure there's only one thing that matters when in Manual mode:

Look at the meter.

You say you forget to change the ISO when you walk inside? Then the meter will probably be way off to the left.
Metering for full manual flash control is explained here: (1/3 the way down) …les/eos-flash/index3.html (external link)

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