Photography Do’s and Don’ts

Grammatical exceptions aside, here is a quick list of photography “do’s and don’ts” I’ve formulated from my field experience.

Just for a little fun.

Do; Keep a charged extra camera battery on your body when working.

Don’t; Offer unsolicited critique of another person’s photograph.

Do; Keep a lens cloth with you when working.

Don’t; Use a UV filter on your lens.

Do; Keep spare lens caps.

Don’t; Show a client a photograph that is unflattering towards them.

Do; Learn how to use your flash.

Don’t; Forget to bring your flash.

Do; Keep extra camera memory chips with you.

Don’t; Photograph the south end of a north bound animal.

Do; Make prints of your photos.

Don’t; Forget to back-up your digital images.

Do; Learn post processing.

Don’t; Count on earning much money from your selfies.

Do; Take your camera with you when you leave the house.

Don’t; Leave your camera gear in the car overnight.

Do; Consider your lens as more important than the body it’s on.

Don’t; Work for the promise of “exposure.”

Do; Keep your camera’s sensor clean.

Don’t; Brag about your expensive camera gear.

Do; Keep a hand towel in your camera kit.

Don’t; Forget to clean your camera equipment when you’ve returned from the field.

Do; Respect the other photographers in your work area, they have as much right to be there as you.

Don’t; Forget to fill the gas tank the evening before the trip.

Do; Own a rocket blower.

Don’t; Change lenses in the wind.

Do; Keep a pair of gloves in the vehicle.

Don’t; Suddenly stop your vehicle with a camera laying on the passenger’s seat.

Do; Put the window down before you see the animal.

Don’t; Make noises to get the animal to look up.

Do; Turn the engine off when shooting from the vehicle.

Don’t; Step in the moose poop.

Do; Check your shoes.