Take Inventory of Photography Equipment, FIVE Times, the night before a photo-gig .


I am typically O.C.. I check things twice, or three times, if not more.

On the rare occasion, I slack off a little, thinking I can let my guard down, and trust that I checked EVERYTHING carefully.


I have been photographing food this week.

I DON’T usually need my studio lights for my art photography work. However, since I’m using artificial studio lighting to photograph the food samples, I remind myself that I need to be mindful of all the equipment I need. Studio lighting has parts and pieces. You need all of those parts and pieces to use the lighting properly, or to better effect.

Here’s the question:

So what happens if you FORGET to take a part or piece of studio lighting equipment?

The Answer:

Sometimes, you are completely screwed!

Yesterday, I had thought my O.C. was in proper working order. It wasn’t. The lights I use, which use the BOWENS system for attaching light modifiers, to the light modifier connector, which is on the strobe housing, was incomplete—I was missing a very important connecting ring.


In all the O.C.’ness of things, I had an O.C.-catastrophic-failure! I failed to notice, two or three times in taking equipment inventory, that I was missing my light modifier-metal-O’Ring-Connector!

“GREAT-FARCKING-GRIEF !” I screamed in my head. NOT wanting the client to know that I was in panic mode, I calmly, well, not so calmly, thrashed around in my lights’ bag, and that god-Damned connector was really missing.

The god of O.C.’ness totally F’ed me over!

So, with too many thoughts racing around in my scrambled brain, I went over to my light and softly whispered, “Please DON’T fuck with me any more today….please!

I set up my light hoping the client was not catching on that I was ad-lib’ing things from that point onward.

I preferred, I mean, I would have MUCH PREFERRED using a big soft-box for the job, but that wasn’t going to happen!

The Solution:

So, I bare-bulbed the light, and threw a big translucent cloth in front of the light, to soften the light before hitting the subject.

Over all, I created more trouble and stress for myself. But in the end, things worked out fine, with no-one any much wiser…except me, who will need to O.C., inventory my photography equipment bags FIVE times the night before an assignment.


This was by far, NOT THE WORST PHOTOGRAPHY NIGHTMARE BLUNDER, of my photo-gig-life!

LMAO! Photo-Gig Blunders are downright depressing, humiliating, scary, embarrassing, and career-damaging, IF you don’t ADAPT AND IMPROVISE QUICKLY, and find an almost instant workable solution, to cover your Photo-Gig Blunder, you will have big troubles. You don’t want to stand there like the proverbial, “Deer in the Headlights”.

As, Balista, the WARRIOR OF ROME, would say, “Don’t think, just act!” (from , Dr. Harry Sidebottom’s EPIC story, WARRIOR OF ROME Series).

Yes, at that point, when Photo Blunders hit you, you best hit back right away, with a preformulated solution that solves the problem, even if it isn’t a great solution, as long as it works.

You can save face, and possibly, your photo-reputation, if you can come up with a workable solution quickly.

I certainly know the pain of photo-gig failures. You may too. I won’t mention my worst photo-gig blunder…at least not in this blog post. I’ll save that story for another photo-lesson.

√ It is often best to learn from other Photographers’ failures, blunders, DISASTERS, and then hopefully you don’t make the same mistakes.

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