Checklists for Photography – Tripod and Filters

Here are two handy checklists that I consult when I use filters and/or a tripod:

Checklist for Using Filters
□ 1. filter installed and/or in hand
□ 2. filter light reduction = _____ EV (multiply if >1 filter)
□ 3. cable release installed
□ 4. white balance (WB) set to Daylight
□ 5. EV set to –______ EV (at least –⅔)
□ 6. exposure mode set to Av
□ 7. metering mode set to eval or cw-avg
□ 8. ISO set, fixed (100 if possible)
□ 9. turn on 'live view' and set mirror lock-up
□ 10. turn off image stabilization (on lens)
□ 11. set aperture (f8/f11 are sharpest)
□ 12. focus (partial depress of button) and lock exposure (" * " button)
□ 13. recompose scene, focus, use DOF preview
□ 14. add grad filters at this point (not before)
□ 15. shoot and adjust (loop to step 11)

Checklist for Using a Tripod
□ tripod if light is low
□ tripod for sharp photos
□ tripod for panoramas
□ tripod if hand-holding filters
□ for panoramas install apecase 360° to tripod
□ detach camera strap
□ attach tripod mount/ac360 to camera
□ use cable release
□ lens image stabilization off
□ mirror lockup for sharper photos
□ test shot and adjust EV

I hope you find these as useful as I do when preparing to shoot!


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