15 Question Checklist to Ask Before You Leave to go on a Photo Shoot

Here is a list of Questions you should always ask yourself before you leave the house on a photo shoot. Look it over and if think anything was left out add it in the comments section.

  1. Is your Battery indicator blinking red? Do you have an extra battery? Did you bring your charger? http://www.berger-bros.com/page/BBCVD/CTGY/Battery


  2. Did you backup your previous pictures on your memory card? Do you have an Extra Memory Card?  You shouldn’t put all your eggs in one basket, especially when traveling.  http://www.berger-bros.com/page/BBCVD/CTGY/M-CARDS

  3. Check your Mode Dial. Should you be in Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Programmed Auto or Manual?
  4. Are you Spot Metering when you should matrix Metering or vice versa?
  5. Check your White Balance. Do you need a Custom White Balance? Did you bring your Expodisc? http://www.berger-bros.com/page/BBCVD/CTGY/EXPODISC_FILTERS


  6. Check your AF mode.  If you are trying to lock on a static subject select AF-S, not AF-C.
  7. Are you shooting in RAW or JPEG? What size quality?
  8. Do you need external flash or umbrella? http://www.berger-bros.com/page/BBCVD/CTGY/Flashes


  9. Did you pack your Reflectors? Did you know that a popout reflector can be used as a scrim to diffuse the harsh sunlight?


  10. Did you pack your Tripod or Gorillapod? http://www.berger-bros.com/page/BBCVD/CTGY/Tripods


  11. Do you need to bring Polarized/ UV Filter or any other filter? http://www.berger-bros.com/page/BBCVD/CTGY/FILTERS


  12. Did you bring your Lens Hood? A Lens Hood will help prevent lens flare as well as protect the lens and camera from being damaged.

    Lens Hood

  13. Arrive Early to Scout the Area. Do you have Directions? http://maps.google.com/
  14. Check the weather? Do u have any Rain-gear just in case?    http://www.berger-bros.com/page/BBCVD/CTGY/HOUSINGS-U http://www.weather.com/

    Waterproof Case

  15. Do you need a Permit or Permission to photograph a public or private place?

What else? What other questions do you ask yourself before you leave? Add them in the comments section to share.

Written by: Michael Ross Hollender

  1. 5 years ago

    I really enjoy your site. Thank you for sharing!

  2. 4 years ago
    Tamron Lenses

    Thanks for the informative article, I\’ll be sure to come back again in a while.

  3. 4 years ago
    David Halperin

    A good list; depending on the nature of the shoot, other optional items might be:

    – Gaffer (duct) tape and double-sided tape
    – Lens paper
    – Level
    – Extension cord(s)
    – Spring-loaded clamps
    – Dulling spray
    – 18% gray card

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