Aug 18

Photography Tip: Have Your Camera Ready

Photography Tip: Have Your Camera Ready

ElephantsThis seems like it should be one of the easiest thing to do, but I cannot tell you how many times I have missed an opportunity because my camera was not ready, batteries were dead, or I just did not bring a camera with me.  Over time Karen and I have gotten a little better at being ready, but it still happens occasionally.  Just last month for example, we were on an adventure at our local zoo and after four shots my batteries were dead and I did not bring any extras with me.

It’s not just having a camera out and ready, we also try to have a camera cloth handy to clean off the lens.  I swear I never touch the lens but then I will take a good look at it after I remove the cap there always seems to be a perfect imprint of one my fingers, every time.  It is probably a good thing that I am not a criminal.  We also try to make sure we have plenty of fully charged batteries with us.  Fresh Snow

Karen and I quickly came to the conclusion to take this tip seriously after one of early vacations together.  We were spending some time in the Colorado Springs area and were going to Seven Falls for the first time.  As we were in line to pay the admission fee to get in, I asked Karen if she had the camera ready.  She answered that she did, it was in the case on the floorboard of the back seat.  As soon as we paid and drove about 10 more feet a mother black and bear and two cubs went right in front of our car about ten yards away and crossed the street.  After the initial shock wore off I scrambled for my camera but it was too late.  By the time we got the camera out all I got to photograph were their little backsides going into the brush, which was unfortunate because that was the first time either of us had seen a wild bear.
Missed Opportunity

Now we try to keep a camera ready even when we are just going to the local park for a jog or to ride our bikes.  It does not mean that there is always something to photograph, but it is a lot better knowing that you have one close to you just in case some good opportunities arise.
Oklahoma Sunset

For example, I was able to get this sunset picture after I got done running at a city park.  If I had not learned from my past mistakes then I would have never been able to describe to Karen just how beautiful the sunset was that particular day while I was out running.

So we hope you’ll take this tip to heart and let us know what beautiful moments you are able to capture because you have your camera ready.

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1 comment

  1. freda phillips

    Your so good. I never have a camera ready. Lucky I have some son-in-laws who do. Where in the world is that snow drift? Not here now. It was 104 degrees today.

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