Photography Checklist

Preparation

  • Taking a few courses at the local college or art school can make all the difference in your finished product.
  • Picking the right scene, or backdrop for the perfect picture is always a necessary thing but ensure at the same time that you and the subject will be safe.
  • If an arranged shot is being taken of a family or person, ensure that the area is properly cleaned and safe.
  • Make sure that you allow enough time for the pictures that are going to be taken, and then allow some extra.
  • Double check all of your equipment, and ensure that it is all in good working order; it would not do to have any of it shorting out on you.

Equipment

Things to Plan For

Things to Take

Safety Issues

Photography has become more and more fun, with the advent of digital cameras that are easy for anyone to use now. Although digital photography is the main way to take pictures, there are still other options available, as well.  Skill plays a large part in successful photography, in whether it's being done indoors, outdoors, or in the developing room. Photography is quite fun, as long as you think about what you are doing, and plan things out.   The following checklist should help you make your photography hobby successful and memorable.

Tips

Safety in photography is also a factor - especially if you have your own darkroom. It's not too hard to prepare yourself and protect yourself, however. Through the use of safety bottles for chemicals and film, proper ladders and well-balanced tripods, any photographer can be safe.
As skills improve, so will your safety. Outdoor photography can prove challenging due to weather. If a photographer is trying to capture a wedding, wildlife or a spectacular building, bad storms can prove to be a danger.  Standing out in a lightning storm on a metal scaffold with a tripod to capture a picture is too risky for both photographer, and equipment.
Choosing the correct location and the proper equipment are extremely important.  In order for the shot to turn out well, there must be a great background for the subjects to stand against. Using a little off-the-shelf pocket camera that can't be adjusted properly won't allow your pictures to be the best possible.
Whether using a digital camera, or a 35mm type camera, processing the pictures takes a bit of time.  Digital pictures can be done on the computer, but processing 35mm film requires concentration, and safety measures in the dark room.  Techniques to change the background are possible, using different chemicals, but again, pay attention and be safe!