So true in the world of Photography you only get one chance to get a job done right...

July 10, 2017

There is a lot of truth in the statement “that you only get one chance to get it right” knowing your kit, and enough practice to get the job right with a measure of confidence means you will have no regrets for you and your clients.


I do not think there are many Professional Photographer who after a job did not say, soon after a job or when looking at their images on their computer, that they could have done better.


I can remember doing this model shoot for a friend daughter at the Handsworth Park Birmingham, on a day that was just perfect for doing a shoot with the right model.


It was a shoot that was going to remind me and teach me a few lessons about myself as a photographer on how I approach a shoot.


The day started in me unboxing a delivery from Amazon with some cheap Chines Off Camera Flash Triggers, which I had not a clue on how to use them.


I got some batteries on the route and met my model and her mum at the park, without any planning I started shooting as we walked around the park.


Even though I was shooting away my mind was elsewhere, and even when I was aware that my images were not looking the way I wanted, I reason to myself that I would fix them in post production or editing.


In the post, I soon realised that I had wasted a wonderful day with a wonderful young lady who wanted to become a model, I really felt disappointed in myself since I know I could have done better, but even more disappointed for my young model.


Basic photography techniques such as checking as I go along or chimping would have spotted my ISO was incorrect.


In the day of film, you had to get it right in camera with fewer images captured, unlike digital photography, whereby you can afford yourself some mistake and put it right when editing.



So what did I learn from this shoot?

  1. I should know my kit inside out, especially if it is new to me like flash triggers including camera setting normally with triggers.
  2. Fresh batteries and backup and a check that my kit is working.
  3. Just use the kit I need only on a job and not the kitchen sink of equipment since it slows me down.
  4. Have a good method of shooting when doing a photo shoot, chimping or checking the back of the camera, to make sure you are shooting according to your objectives.
  5. Have a very good idea of the objectives of the shoot for me and my clients including anyone working with me on the shoot.
  6. To be clear in my head the type of poses I will be using, if in doubt to bring along with me a paper or digital mood board or cheat sheet of ideas and poses.
  7. Be clear how much time I will need for the shoot,
  8. Have an idea of potential locations within the area of a park to use for the photo shoot.
  9. Do a pre-visit to the location for the photo shoot or via a Google Map search for ideas.
  10. To be focused and in the zone, since not every photo shoot can be recaptured again.
  11. Be clear what editing techniques will be used and acceptable to the clients
  12. How and when the images will be delivered and in which format for the client and anyone needing access to the images.

These are just a few idea for me, they will probably vary from photographer to photographer, but it's important that we all have a set of basic rules to guide our photography workflow from capturing images to editing to the point we give our clients their images.


Every time I do a job I expect to get another job from it, therefore it important like any professional Image Maker to get it right first time.


Please note a selection of Images from a Photo shoot with Ms Princess Mimi Mignott at the Handsworth Park Birmingham...




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