Some mistakes aren’t always that bad

I wish I could say that I’m perfect when it comes to taking photos, but sadly I am far from it.

Last year when I went to Country Dahlias I must admit I was a bit distracted and made the mistake of not checking the settings on my camera. Really it is a mistake I often make.

Most mistakes I usually pick up straight away, or fairly soon. However, this one I didn’t get until I got home and loaded the photos on my computer.

Once they were loaded I usually delete all the jpegs and then just work on the RAW files, however, there were no RAW files.

It seems that the time before I went there I must have been doing some time-lapse or something like that. When I do that I often change the settings and apparently I had set the camera to take only jpegs and the lowest quality ones. You only need small files when doing timelapse, it isn’t like they are going to be blown up really big, just big enough for a video.

I was so annoyed with myself. I usually always shoot in jpeg and RAW. RAW to work on back home and jpeg so I can see the photos on my phone.

While it was a massive mistake it didn’t mean I couldn’t work on the photos. There are ways, but it also means that the images will only ever be any good for here and maybe Instagram.

Not a biggy, not like some others I’ve made, but we can discuss those another time.

How about you? Have you made any mistakes like that?

All these images were taken with the Lensbaby Velvet 56mm lens.

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  1. Been there, done that far too frequently … just get caught up in the excitement of the process. The worse instance was my first ever portrait session … all shot in small JPEG by mistake. Thankfully the damage was not too great as the portraits were destined mainly for a web-page and small personal prints, but it could have been a disaster. I read somewhere that one should get into the habit of ‘centering the camera’ after each session … restoring it to some default settings that will work if one ever gets careless again. But I keep forgetting to do that as well! The images you’ve posted here are lovely though.

    1. Oh yes, and then trying to rush, I do that too. OMG you were so lucky with those portraits. Wow, I hope it was the only time you have done it. Thank you Albert.

  2. I sympathise with the not checking the settings. It is definitely one I make from time to time, especially if I am in a hurry or distracted. I always shoot jpegs because it suits my software but don’t always use the right ISO number or choose the wrong shape. (I have a choice of four).

    1. It can be hard, especially when in a hurry. I often do the same with ISO. Sometimes it is worth taking the time to make sure everything is okay. One day I will learn. Thank you RJ.

  3. I did exactly the same a couple of times 😡. Also, sometimes I concentrate on watching my appetite and ISO and forget to checkthe SS. Which is not a good idea, of course. It’s like I never learn 😕.

    1. It can be hard to concentrate on so much, why don’t you use Aperture Priority Svetlana, then you don’t have to worry about your SS, the camera will look after it for you. I use that all the time, I use it for all my photos unless I’m doing long exposures. Thanks for sharing.

    1. That is an interesting idea. I have to admit that it isn’t something I’ve thought of doing. Thank you Dorothy, new ideas.

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