Stupid things you do with your camera.

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Stupid things you do with your camera.
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I just went out shooting today and realised I wasted 2 hours worth of shooting with my shots in ISO1600.

So what's your story?

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Lumixdude wrote:

I just went out shooting today and realised I wasted 2 hours worth of shooting with my shots in ISO1600.

So what's your story?

When I first made the transition from film to digital back in 2006,I took my 5 year old grandson out for walk and took some unforgettable pictures. When I say unforgettable I mean I'll never forget the fact that I'd forgotten that my memory card was still in the card reader back home.

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I have screwed up so many times that I can't remember them all. Not switching everything to manual when taking panoramas, for example. Or leaving the lens AF/M switch set to the M position while shooting AI Servo.

One big screwup I remember was on a trip I took shortly after buying a new camera. I normally shoot RAW, and had the camera set up that way, and usually shoot in aperture priority AV mode. For whatever reason, I decided to try out shooting in the full auto mode. Little did I realize that this changed me from shooting RAW to shooting JPEG. And what's worse, is when I switched back to AV mode, it left it set to JPEG. So all my shots of Bryce Canyon are JPEGs.
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Lumixdude wrote:

I just went out shooting today and realised I wasted 2 hours worth of shooting with my shots in ISO1600.

So what's your story?

When I first made the transition from film to digital back in 2006,I took my 5 year old grandson out for walk and took some unforgettable pictures. When I say unforgettable I mean I'll never forget the fact that I'd forgotten that my memory card was still in the card reader back home.

I've made that mistake, but fortunately, the shots I missed were just some test shots when trying out the camera. I found out pretty quickly since I was chimping and the shots seemed to disappear. I quickly found the menu item that disables shooting when a card is not in the camera.
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billythek wrote:

Lumixdude wrote:

I just went out shooting today and realised I wasted 2 hours worth of shooting with my shots in ISO1600.

So what's your story?

When I first made the transition from film to digital back in 2006,I took my 5 year old grandson out for walk and took some unforgettable pictures. When I say unforgettable I mean I'll never forget the fact that I'd forgotten that my memory card was still in the card reader back home.

I've made that mistake, but fortunately, the shots I missed were just some test shots when trying out the camera. I found out pretty quickly since I was chimping and the shots seemed to disappear. I quickly found the menu item that disables shooting when a card is not in the camera.
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I was using a Canon 300d at the time and I can't recall if it had that option. If I was to say the most stupid thing I've done it's shooting jpeg for the first couple of years,what a  daft mistake that was.

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Stupid things I did with my Nikon FE 35mm film camera.
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I was attending a funeral reception, after the main event, and had been taking pictures of the various family members when the camera battery died on my FE & consequently locked up with the shutter open. Instead of putting it in manual mode, I opened the back... Even in very dim light, not a wise move, if you want to save any of the photos near that section of film. What a waste, I could have just stayed home, but mourned in private?

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Photofunster wrote:

I was attending a funeral reception, after the main event, and had been taking pictures of the various family members when the camera battery died on my FE & consequently locked up with the shutter open. Instead of putting it in manual mode, I opened the back... Even in very dim light, not a wise move, if you want to save any of the photos near that section of film. What a waste, I could have just stayed home, but mourned in private?

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Your camera battery died at a funeral, I'm guessing there was no pun intended there ?

Mind you that reminds me of an occasion when a person won a box of multigrade paper in a camera club meeting. She then took the paper out of the box to see what it looked like !

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1. Forgetting to take the camera off manual focusing

2. Leaving on spot metering

3. Leaving tungsten WB during daytime (and not shooting raw at the same time)

4. No battery in camera (or low battery and no spare)

5. No SD card in camera

6. Leaving timer delay on (which disables shake reduction) while using relatively low shutter speed

7. Doing a bracketed exposure and moving the camera after the 3rd exposure when 5 exposures are set

8. Making efforts to look all-professional....with the lenscap still on

9. Choosing only one lens while travelling and ending up with the wrong lens

10. Leaving an ND filter on and wondering why shutter speeds are so low

11. Taking the whole Lowepro flipside 400 filled to capacity on a hike but finding out the camera is still on the kitchen table

12. You name it, I've done it!

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Being reminded by your model, "Don't forget to take the lens cap off!"

Blush much,,, Oh yeah, thanks for reminding me of that infrequent blunder...

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so a trick we RAW shooters used was to cut it down to 1MB size
to save expensive Sony card space and kill them later.
Pulled the old girl out the other day and decided RAW was no longer required,
so selected JPEG only.
A day's shooting later, a nice collection of tiny little photos, spewing !

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Shooting an indoor event at 3 fps and exposure is all over the place. Frantically changing EV, ISO and shutter speed made it worse. Had it on bracketing!

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Every time I open one of my film cameras to put film in it, and realize I never took the last roll out : P

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Lumixdude wrote:

I just went out shooting today and realised I wasted 2 hours worth of shooting with my shots in ISO1600.

So what's your story?

Back in the film days, there wasn't a single pro on Earth that didn't shoot at least one assignment with no film in the camera. I did a similar boneheaded move when I shot an assignment with no card in the camera (yeah, I now use the control that says "do not fire if no card inserted.")

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I just went out shooting today and realised I wasted 2 hours worth of shooting with my shots in ISO1600.

So what's your story?

Back in film days, my first camera was my father's 35mm half-frame film rangefinder camera. Observing its inner workings, I noticed it appeared to be "slipping" when I wound the film advance. Thinking this was a mechanical problem (i.e., that the film wasn't advancing properly), I applied a bit of super glue to the part that didn't seem to be moving when it should. The result? I got only 36 frames (every other shot on the roll) with my half frame camera, and couldn't rewind the film, either. A roll of pink pictures after I had to open the back to get the film out!

Removed the glue after that and the camera worked fine again.

I do mostly outdoor shooting. Once I did a shoot of an indoor flower show that my wife was writing a piece for. Hundreds of pictures. All shot in "Daylight" WB, with a nice green cast which then needed to be color corrected. Ack! (At least I shoot RAW + JPEG!)

Now I leave my cameras on "Auto" WB all the time.

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Recently I played around with remote flashing and left the camera internal flash on "commander" mode.
For half an hour I was wondering why the camera flash is so low

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I just went out shooting today and realised I wasted 2 hours worth of shooting with my shots in ISO1600.

So what's your story?

Damn... I'd look at the images really close and you might find that depending on how well your camera does high ASA and what kinds of images they are... as well as your skills in post processing, that you can get some really nice, very usable images out of that.

I just did some shooting with my camera inadvertently set to a square format. I hate that my camera (a gh2) doesn't show the aspect ration as your shooting (or at least I haven't figured out how). I actually like the square format, I just like to crop in post processing when I'm going for that... Fortunately it wasn't with shots that I care too much about.

It really is too easy (at least for me) to inadvertently change things with those small buttons and very deep menus that these digital cameras all seem to have.

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I was using a Canon 300d at the time and I can't recall if it had that option. If I was to say the most stupid thing I've done it's shooting jpeg for the first couple of years,what a daft mistake that was.

I'm stupider than you. I still shoot jpeg!

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Thanks for giving us permission to let our hair down.  I've developed some memory lapse problems after a stroke a few years back, so have to do many camera resets, as I regularly forget what manual settings I've made.

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Lumixdude wrote:

I just went out shooting today and realised I wasted 2 hours worth of shooting with my shots in ISO1600.

So what's your story?

Two recent events come to mind.

With my brand my Panny FZ200 at an event, I noticed every shot I took had a greenish cast. Damn this viewfinder sucks, I thought (you can see the previews in the viewfinder in the FZ200 so no need to flip out the LCD). Later I found out I had the WB on tungsten.

The other was after a longish studio session, I spent the whole night doing photo editing (half asleep). When I woke up, I found out I processed everything using the JPG rather than the RAW files. I kept the JPGs however (just too much work to redo).

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Thinking "Damn it's taking a couple seconds to get autofocus and the light seems fine - what's wrong here?"   ...then later realising I had camera set to 2 second delay.

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