murphy's law for photographers

We’ve all heard Murphy’s Law before: anything that can go wrong, will.
I know that there are lots of things this concept can be applied to, but I feel that the concept of Murphy’s Law for photographers is especially applicable! During a photo shoot it seems like the stars have aligned and you have got everything perfect: the lighting is right, the client has a genuine smile, the pose is gorgeous… it is at that (most inopportune) time that something will go wrong: the camera will give you an unexpected error message, you’ll have forgotten to change your settings to get a properly exposed image, the memory card might be full, or a myriad of other things.

Looking Into the Past

Take a minute to laugh over the things ont his list because, chances are, one, or some, or all of them have happened to you!

  • Automatic Cameras – Aren’t
  • Auto Focus – won’t
  • Weather never cooperates.
  • If it works in your home, it will fail on location.
  • The nature shots invariably happen on two occasions:
        -when animals are ready
        -when you’re not
  • Same rule as the previous one, just substitute children
  • Flash will fail as soon as you need it.
  • A camera is a magnet for dust, mud and moisture.
  • The lens that falls is always the most expensive.
  • Your batteries will always go dead at the least opportune moment.
  • You never really need a tripod when you’re actually carrying one.
  • Success occurs when no one is looking, failure occurs when the client is watching

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