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What not to do on a photo shoot.

Photo by Connor Walberg

Here’s a fun list of what not to do on a photo shoot, this in no way includes everything you shouldn’t do.  Please comment below with more things that you shouldn’t do on a shoot, and we will add those with a name credit and a link to your website.


  1. Forget vital gear (Camera, Lenses)
  2. Forget secondary gear (Flashes, Batteries, etc.)
  3. Stand in a dangerous place
  4. Step too close to a propeller or athlete with a fisheye lens….
  5. Talk about how everyone is a pro photographer now since the iPhone camera is soo good… Ugh
  6. Blame a bad photo on your gear.
  7. Steal another photographer’s angle without thanking them in advance.
  8. Leave your pack unattended in a crowd.
  9. Leave the lens cap on as you go to take your first shot.
  10. Act superior to other photographers at an event.
  11. Use words that make your athletes feel uncomfortable…
  12. Act too artsy and walk around framing the shot with your hands
  13. Ignore what your athletes ask you to shoot.
  14. Forget to change your ISO when the last shoot was at a ridiculously high number.
  15. Only shoot with your telephoto or fisheye and claim that they are all you need.
  16. Miss the shot because you got distracted
  17. Miss the shot for any reason other than equipment failure
  18. Show up with a Leica and explain how much better the images are than modern DSLRS
  19. Let your athletes order you around.
  20. Place your flash too close to the action thus allowing it to be damaged or ruined.
  21. Center the athlete in every photo.
  22. Guy in the sky (You  know why!)
  23. Offer a lady “2 Tickets to the gun show” and pull out your two biggest camera lenses. (It could work, but the odds are heavily against you…)
  24. Steal another photographer’s flashes by “poaching” his radio channel with your radio.
  25. Stick to the rules of photographer like rule of thirds, breaking rules is fun, makes you appear cooler than you are, and will also achieve great images that aren’t the same thing everyone else is shooting
  26. Keep the “What not to do on a photo shoot” article a secret from photographer’s who are breaking rules, they need to know too!
  27. Your rule here (plus a link to your website) Submit via comments.

Most of these things will become second nature to you, it just takes practice!

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At only 25 years old, Connor has been published in many major international publications and is a signed Getty photographer. His writing and photos have been published in Photoshop User and Light It Magazines, amongst many others. He believes that if you work at what you love, you'll be able to make a great living. Connor currently resides in Edwards, CO with his wife, Kelly, and dog Tucker. You can view his portfolio at www.cnwphoto.com


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