Ah, April, Springtime, flowers, trees, the chirping of the birds, the soft lull of the crickets and the katydids, the occasional blink, blink of lightning bugs (fireflies) across the fields… and the approaching high school graduation season. Huh?
That’s right it will be on us in no time. People are already starting to make travel reservations and vacation plans to make sure they’ve got the time off work. And the smart ones put the second mortgage on the house so they can afford the fuel to drive to the next county when the end of May finally gets here. So, what exactly does it mean to be prepared for a graduation or other special event?
_____ Camera (Can’t forget the obvious, either)
_____ Memory card, (purged from the last 200 shoots/vacations and reformatted ).
_____ Spare memory card, (Memory cards can and will fail. If you’re willing to gamble on one mechanical item, then, okay…)
_____ Batteries and spares, (You’ve got enough for the ceremony, but what about the after-party, etc.
______ Are all rechargeables fully recharged the night before?
______ Spare camera? (Maybe overkill if you’re not the photographer, but if photography’s a passion, you might want a backup).
______ Small lens cleaning kit with solvent, lint-free cloth, brush, and air blower (recommended)
______ Camera case (to keep all of the accessories organized)
______ If using a D-SLR, did you make the right lens choice for the types of pictures you’ll be taking?
______ Have you cleaned and inspected all of your equipment for dust and made sure it works okay?
_______ Plastic bag for any MacGyver issues that may arise? (Rain, dust, lens changing outdoors to prevent dust on the sensor, etc.)?
_______ Tripod or monopod
_______ A good night’s sleep?
_______ Your sense of humor?
Of course, the specifics are up to you, but if you’re carrying a camera with the intent of using it on the big day, you might as well be prepared.