Does Anyone use checklists?

Started Nov 29, 2013 | Questions thread
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Bob Tullis
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Mental checklists, yes.

phazelag wrote:

Being a former Pilot I learned the value of following a checklist before and after and sometimes during a flight. In almost every case of damaging an aircraft near take off or landing it was someone not following the checklist. Usually that was a senior guy who got comfortable.

I think it should be required for surgeons as well.

I have been toying with making a Different Checklist for different types of Photography. One for Landscapes, Events, Portraits, Studio, Street, and others.

I have considered laminating small or even tiny cards and attaching them to something like my camera strap, case, case strap loop, or keeping them in my wallet.

Usually when I put work into a shot, the only thing that prevents it from being better, is forgetting some fundamental or a setting I usually use in a different way.

That's called 'mistakes'.  Practice is about making, identifying, and working to avoid mistakes moving forward.   The checklist will be built in your head, eventually, with enough practice.

If a checklist helps you in the meanwhile, I say use any trick or technique to aide you in your goals in the meanwhile.   Even with a checklist, mistakes are still possible.    It goes with the territory.

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