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Another random newbie question - mental checklists?

bggary

Everett, US
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bggary Registered since 29th Dec 2013
Tue 04-Feb-14 09:37 PM

Sorry if this is in the wrong forum... there isn't really a subforum for "technique" that I can find.

In those dark and well-forgotten years when I attempted to play golf, I became familiar with the concept of "swing thoughts". Many golfers have a short mantra - 2 or 3 things they want to remember when lining up over the ball - to help them remember certain fundamentals or avoid bad habits.

Last weekend I was out taking a bunch of practice shots and about 5 shots into a particular setup I remembered that I had adjusted my ISO, and hadn't re-set it before starting the next series. If I'd been taking pictures I "cared about", that would have really ticked me off.

So I was wondering - do good photographers have a mental checklist in certain circumstances to help avoid dumb mistakes and/or remember important adjustments? Among the things I'm pondering are things like

-- turn off VR, cover the eyepiece and use remote when on a tripod

-- if I adjust ISO/WB/EC/picture control for a setup,
remember to RESET them before the next setup

-- consciously choose shooting mode, AF-mode, metering mode when
planning the shot

Etc.

I guess the thing I'm doing, while climbing the learning curve of this amazing camera, is trying to be "deliberate" about my settings so that I build good processes/habits along the way.

Anyone else have a set of "reminders" they try to remember before pressing the button?

B

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