What do I ask myself before I leave every shooting location?

August 27, 2013  •  1 Comment

When starting post processing after a trip, there is inevitably a point where I sigh and say “Why didn’t I….”  It's lessons learned that have started to culminate into a checklist of questions that I’ve found helpful to review when I arrive and before I leave a location.  They may seem simple, but it's easy to get caught up in the shoot and forget to check those simple, but oh so vital details. Eventually, I know all of these questions will be committed to my brain's muscle memory years from now, but until I walk further down this photography road, I keep them in a notebook in my favorite F-Stop Loka Bag.

Leading Home Along Blankets of Fringed Phacelia

  • Is the focal point clear? Does the composition clearly illustrate the focal point?
  • Assuming I want everything in focus, is it actually in focus? Are the foreground, middle-ground, and background all in focus?
  • Are the trees leaves, grass, and/or flowers clear?  Did they become blurred in the image from wind? (This one has been happening a lot lately)
  • Am I capturing the full dynamic range? Do I have any unacceptable clipping? Is the sky over or under exposed?
  • Would I come back here in a different season and what light would be best?  Where would the sun be rising in the spring?  What about the winter?  


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Chris Murray(non-registered)
For me it's always a question of have I worked the scene completely. I'll get the "obvious" shot, but then try to find a different way of shooting the scene. Perhaps try a completely different focal length or lens.
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