Coppertop Coffee (et. Al)
1. Date Reset
If there is one bad, bad, bad habit I have, itâ€™s scourging the last of my batteries until the date/time stamp opts to the default. This happens because I drain so much power out of the camera the internal memory shorts and â€œblanks outâ€. The problem is I miss a good shot while I am fiddling with the control menu and trying to quickly outwit/outplay/outlast the red light I know will start flashing any second. Of course, I like to advise people to always have fresh batteries or freshly recharged ones.
2. Revolving Image Tags
I get lazy regarding keywords and there is no excuse because know how much it can help me down the line. From page views to image search selection, keywords and image tags allow preferences in the Google search result evaluation that bring clients, visitors, and fans to your site/portfolio. If you have 2500 images up and even only 10% draw random search engine glances and visitor clicks, thatâ€™s an attribute that could lead to a marketing lead or email.
3. Skinny Latte AAâ€™s
My top guilty secret is warming batteries in hot steaming coffee when I absolutely positively need another 2-3 shots and the nearest charger/outlet is inaccessible in the photography window. I do wipe the batteries down, but repeatedly dunking them gets that last bit of charge. Is it safe? Probably not. Is it efficient? Yes. Does it make me a Microstock freak? Probably. But when I am under deadline the niceties dwindle. And it may be my imagination but I do feel that my caffeine rush carries a little extra zipâ€¦â€¦
4. Donâ€™t Forget the Cellphone
Many of my pictures are â€œreminderâ€ pictures. I may see something that combines a number of visual elements that is right for an article I may want to write, or I may see an idea that might need a photo by the time the article fleshes out. But I forget that my cellphone can switch out for this purpose, I donâ€™t need to tire out my Kodak 12 mega pixel device with the â€œreminderâ€ shots. This microtasking works well as long as you remember to do it. Not every reminder shot needs 3,000 by 4,000 pixels volume.
5. Doing the Weeding
I like to make sure I have as many resources available as possible. But this leads to chronological backup in image review. Weed a little when you can, but I tend to need some absorptive Youtube palliation to get the photograph examination and deletion sequence going. Yes, I have plenty of room on the hard drive. But I know if I let it go too far, any system crash and blue screen boot is my own fault. Clipping unusable photos whenever I can saves time and resources.