When you are out taking pictures how often do one of the following happen to you? The photo accompanying this article is a good example of being prepared and leads to my best advice: ALWAYS CARRY A CAMERA. Having said that, here are 10 other tips for you:
1. Leaving the lens cap on the camera.This may sound like common sense, however, you would be surprised how often it happens(myself included).
2. Make sure you have quick access to your camera. Keep a 35 mm camera on a strap around your neck. Keep your point and shoot camera in your hands.
3. Stay Alert! Try and keep yourself trained to constantly scan your surroundings. Change the direction you are looking every few minutes. That way you are able to monitor your surroundings more acutely and are able to predict what may or may not happen next.
4. Make sure your battery is fully charged. Carry a charged backup as well. Keep in mind batteries can be affected by the temperature of your environment.
5. Clean the front and rear of your lenses after each photo expedition to reduce the chance of dust accumulating.
6. Be certain that you have enough storage capacity on your memory cards.
7. Keep your camera ON! You would be surprised how quickly a photo opportunity presents itself!
8. Preset your camera to the settings you require for your environment. For example, depending on your surroundings, you may want to keep your camera on AUTO FOCUS.
9. Do not constantly look at your LCD screen to examine each image. Do a quick check after the 1st image is taken to make sure the settings are correct for your environment.
10. Scout out your location in advance. For example, if you are shooting a sporting event and are using a tripod, make sure you have positioned yourself and your tripod in the proper location to maximize your shooting potential.