Tuesday’s Tip – Backup with a twist

Ok, I’ve said this before. Back up your files. You never know when a drive might fail and you certainly don’t want to lose any of your special memories.

This week’s tip is the same theme with a twist. I was teaching a session yesterday morning on how to use ambient light and strobe together. My light meter (kind of an important piece of equipment for this particular topic)¬†stopped working. Not good. I’ve contacted the company and it’s one of those, “We don’t know what’s wrong, so send it in.” kind of things. Really not good.

However, it didn’t stop us from shooting. I hauled out my spare meter and we kept right on working. The moral of the story, have a backup. I went from a very expensive meter to an inexpensive meter, but in the end, it did the job and we didn’t have to call it a day on account of equipment malfunction.

This same principal goes forward to so many things… back up batteries, bodies, lenses, the list is endless. This is especially important if what you’re photographing can’t be rescheduled (ie. a wedding). It’s something a lot of photographers don’t think about. You want to trust your gear and you think nothing bad could ever happen… but as the saying goes, “Hope for the best, Prepare for the worst… that way you’re never disappointed!”


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