Take your time…

photo of an alarm clockThat’s the note-to-self for today.  Maybe even for the year.  With photography, near enough is never good enough.  There is always someone who sees the errors you make.  And that can only lead to embarrassment.  The other day, one of my entries at the monthly camera club comp had dust spots.  The judge noticed and then pointed them out…to the whole assembly.  Yikes!  How did that happen?

Inevitably, my errors can be traced to rushing things and to not being organized.  Which is why photographers love talking about ‘workflow’.  It is just a term for the way we go about things.

Getting up and going to work in the morning usually involves a workflow.  It’s the process.  The routine.  And it makes you efficient.  Simply follow the routine and you barely need to think about it.  Skip a step, or even do them in the wrong order, and you find you left your weekly ticket in the other suit.

Pilots have checklists, workers have morning routines and photographers have workflows.  It’s all pretty much the same thing.  Workflows can be improved and mine certainly needs it after that howler.  Fix the workflow, the routine, the process.  Then follow it. However long that takes is simply the time you have to take.  Break this rule at your peril.

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