24.10.12

8 essential things to do as a photographer

(that's me getting stuck in mud last year in New Zealand - on a walk which wasn't planned to end up as a trip through a muddy jungle. Always be prepared ;) )

When working as a professional photographer there are certain things you have to look out for. And even not so professional photographers should keep those things in mind, as they are really handy at times.
Here’s what I figured out over time that will definitely help in keeping organised, and staying happy (e.g. happy because you don’t have to worry about losing your photos - see #8):

1. Keep your computer harddrive empty: don’t put loads of pictures and other stuff onto your computer and it will stay fast - that’s super important when you want to use Photoshop or any other programme which takes up lots of RAM. I know how annoying it can be when you’re working in Photoshop and everything is just so slow... trust me, keep your computer clean and stay speedy.

2. Use a filter to protect your lens: Any filter will do to simply protect your lens from dust and scratches. If you’ve invested a good amount of money in your lens then you might as well spend another few bucks on a filter to keep your lens clean.

3. Photograph in raw: raw images are not processed in the camera (jpegs are processed, meaning the camera will do some basic editing steps and compress the photo straight after it has been taken). Raw images are literally raw, nothing’s been done to them - it’s all up to you, you keep control over what happens to your pictures in terms of editing.

4. Use a few smaller memory cards rather than one big one: The risk of losing a lot of photos is a lot lower when using small memory cards - but if you’re using a 16GB card, and it’s being damaged you will lose all the photos on that card.

5. Turn your camera off when changing memory cards: simply to avoid damage being done to your camera and the memory card.

6. Use a fast memory card: your camera can be really fast, but if your memory card isn’t fast enough to process and save the picture, then even a fast camera won’t help much.
When you take a photo your camera will save the image in the buffer memory of the camera first, until the memory card has made space for another photo. If that process of the memory card making space takes ages your camera will stop taking photos at some point (as soon as the internal buffer memory is full).

7. When it comes to changing lenses
- turn your camera off
- hold camera downwards to avoid dust getting into the lens
- keep the back of your lens clean

8. Probably the single most important point: save all your photos! Back up your photos on an external harddrive - or even better on two external harddrives. And keep those harddrives in different places.

There sure are more points to consider, and over time this list might expand.
What are some things you’ve come across when working as a photographer that you consider essential to know?

2 comments:

  1. such a good point re raw images ... i had no idea! x

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    1. Yes, definitely - you lose so much quality & information when shooting in jpeg, I think something around 40000 colours e.g...

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