...without a paddle.

So I have this uncanny, awful, horrible, drive-me-up-the-wall-and-punch-me-in-the-face habit of getting myself up s%*t-creek without a paddle and not double checking my camera and accessories before I head out to take a few pictures. It kills me. Everytime. And I STILL HAVEN'T LEARNED FROM IT!!!

I don't know why. Everytime it happens, I promise myself I won't do it again, yet, a few months down the road...bam. I left something behind.

It happened to me again today, just now, so I'm hoping making it public will help ingrain it into my head. So I guess also, this is just a little advice.

CHECK EVERYTHING!! It's simple really. Before you leave your house, take a picture. Just one is enough. This will tell you everything: that your memory card is in, what your battery is looking like (and hopefully you have a few back-up batteries), if everything is good with your lens, and everything else camera related.

MAKE A CHECKLIST!!! I typed one up, rough albeit, but it has boxes to check things off so it look's pretty official. Include everything you need for your shoot: flash, hotshoe, camera trigger, extra battery, extra lens, extra memory card, props, tripod, etc. The list can go on forever and will change from person to person. It takes five minutes to make, and can saves hours of frustration and a whole lot of embarrassment.

Murphy's Law is a popular adage that states that "things will go wrong in any given situation, if you give them a chance" or more commonly, "whatever can go wrong, will go wrong." This is so popular that they have a law named after it! Things will fail on you. You will fail on you, and usually when you need everything to be going perfectly.

I need to wrap it up since my computer is dying, and I came to the library without a charger (luckily I have my iPad with me. Baby steps, bear with me).

-J

It's a heartbreaking sight!

It's a heartbreaking sight!