When was the last time you read your equipments manuals? Have you ever?
When I ask this question, all too often I hear photographers respond with, “I don’t read manuals, who has time for that?” Yet ignoring your manual can get you into pretty scary situations, like not knowing how to shut off the “timer” function on your camera when you accidentally turned it on.
Reading this now, you’re probably saying, “Hey, old man, don’t lecture me, I know what I’m doing!”
But do you really?
I’m challenging you on this, because of the dozens of text messages I’ve received from photographers who were in the middle of shooting a wedding and had accidentally done this, and couldn’t figure out how to shut it off. Scary? You bet.
The truth is that I’m not immune to “manual-phobia” either. And it wasn’t until I got one of the best tips from a friend, that I really