Inspiration: Be cool, be prepared, be professional. Be like SRV.
My favorite clip of Stevie Ray Vaughan in action. A guitar string breaks … and he fluidly swaps out guitars mid-performance. If you closed your eyes, you wouldn’t even know.
From that I take my inspiration as a photographer. I am prepared. I am over-prepared. My back-ups have back-ups. I try and anticipate any possible worst-case situations.
And should something go wrong, there isn’t even a ripple on the surface.
A few months ago, I accidentally kicked the tethering cable during a corporate headshot photo session. My Nikon D810 and 70-200mm f/2.8 fell off the table, hit the floor hard, and the lens broke off in the lens mount.
I simply picked up the pieces and put them away, and got my other camera with the 100mm f/2.8 lens to continue. (I use the smaller, lighter lens as my backup lens for headshots.)
My client mentioned afterwards that I didn’t even react. And that’s how it should be.
Where am I headed with this, you may well ask? Back-ups! Redundancy! Slick professionalism!
Along this line of thought: I shoot with my cameras using both memory cards: RAW + RAW. Not RAW + JPG. If something should go wrong, I don’t want to add to my misery by now having to edit JPGs from scratch. RAW + RAW. I also shoot with two memory cards that have huge capacity, in each camera. I don’t want to swap out memory cards during a shoot – that’s just asking for cards to get lost. The cards stay in the camera!
And you may well say that you shoot portraits / corporate work / headshots / commercial work …. you know, stuff that would appear to not be as sensitive to critical failure like a wedding would be. Losing a memory card on a wedding would be … maaaaan, I can see you could easily damage your business permanently, depending on how it plays out.
Okay, so you shoot portraits / corporate work / headshots / commercial work … I can guarantee you that if you went back to your client with an “oops, my memory card failed”, you are very likely to lose them as a client. Maybe, maybe they might shrug it off and reschedule, but that is a heavy calculated risk. And an unnecessary one. Shoot RAW + RAW. Even if you shoot tethered.
Moral of the story? Be like Stevie Ray Vaughan. Be cool, be prepared, be professional, and just motor along like nothing went wrong.
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