Four simple words. Sit, Take, Eat, Pay. Wouldn’t it be great if so many routine tasks could be reduced to a simple few words.
This is what I came up with: See, Check, Take, Check. It’s so easy to get caught up in the dynamic, the excitement, the sheer joy of finding something we want to photograph, and before we know it we’ve fired off the first shot or two. And then we pause, and think: I have no idea what the settings are on my camera? What is the ISO set at? And you then remember that the last image you shot was the previous evening in dull light, and you wound up the ISO to 1000, and now you check the camera and you find the ISO is still set at 1000 – you failed to re-set that dial. Sounds familiar? We’ve all made stupid mistakes like that, haven’t we. I confess: a failure to check settings is my Achilles heel. I still make that stupid mistake.
So here’s how the mnemonic works:
See: We see something worth photographing
Check: Pause. Think about your settings. Look at your camera’s current settings and decide what, if any, you need to change to capture the image to best advantage
Take: Take the image
Check: Firstly check the Histogram, and re-shoot if necessary. Then think about your settings. Have you amended them for that most recent image? Re-set any that you have changed for a one-off image, back to what was your default so that your camera will be, more likely than not, ready for your next image.
Check before and Check after. This is the double-check. You may well forget one of these checks, but if your standard practice is to check before and after; then forgetting one of those two check-points is less likely to be catastrophic.
For a more detailed article about settings, check out an article, (click here), that I posted on my other blog – iSighting – earlier this year.