So why a Photography checklist?
Ok let’s picture this (pun intended 😛)
You are out photographing, in the zone happy about the opportunity to photograph something good.
You come home insert the memory card into the card reader, all excited to review the photos you have captured.
Especially that one photo which you thought was a masterpiece.
You realise that the photograph/s are not up to your standard or are really bad. This is probably because you forgot to change or adjust the camera settings as per scene or maybe due to the wrong equipment.
Oh, the agony!
Well, as a beginner I have gone through this more times than I would want to remember and each time this would happen I kept thinking it would be great if there was this checklist that I could go through before taking a photo saving me the agony of looking at a bad photo. So here’s a photography checklist to help save you from those moments of agony.
Essential Pre-shot Photography Checklist-
Before you leave:
- Is my battery charged?
- Have I checked my memory card for memory?
- What image format am I using: Jpeg or RAW(preferably RAW)
- Am I carrying the right lens?
- Do I need to carry a Tripod?
When Composing the Shot:
- How will I use this picture?
- What is it that I want to capture in this scene?
- Is there anything I want to hide?
- What’s in the background?
- How should I shoot it – horizontally, vertically or both?
- Should I zoom in or out?
- Is there a better angle if I move around the subject?
When considering the available Lighting:
- Is the lighting too soft or harsh?
- Are the shadows distracting?
- Do I need to adjust the exposure?
- Is the sky overexposed?
- Would the lighting be better at a different time of day?
- Should I use flash? Am I using too much or not enough flash?
- Should I bounce the flash?
When considering the Camera settings:
- Is my camera set to the right mode?
- Is my shutter speed fast enough to freeze the subject?
- Is my shutter speed fast enough to prevent camera shake?
- Should I show or blur the background?
- Is the ISO as low as possible?
- Is the colour temperature/white balance set right?
- Should I be using image stabilisation?
After taking the Shot:
- Is anything overexposed or underexposed?
- Is the colour temperature correct?
- Is the subject sharp?
- Should I take another picture from the same angle?
- Should I shoot both horizontally and vertically?
- Should I shoot from a different angle?
Hope this Photography checklist is as helpful to everyone as it is to me. Finally, I would like to credit Tony Northrup‘s DSLR book for this checklist. It’s an awesome book filled to the brim with photography knowledge to help improve your photography, do check it out.
And if after this you feel the urge to grab your camera to shoot some good photos, be sure to check out this other post on how to take good photos.
Well, that’s it for me.
Over and out