I recall feeling a peculiar sense of warped satisfaction as I read a blog post by the esteemed photo industry leader Scott Kelby a few years back. Mr. Kelby had proceeded confidently through an entire model shoot before he realized there was no digital media “card” in his camera. His camera settings were set to that despised default which nonsensically allows us to take photos without ever recording them! It was a total rookie mistake. While feeling a little sorry for Kelby (for about three seconds), I also had this little internal “fist-pump” moment. Yes! Even Scott Kelby goofs up! I felt oddly better about myself at his expense. Kind of sick, right?
Wouldnʻt we all like to see Tiger Woods whiff the ball on the first tee? I would. Just once.
Yesterday I took a fine couple on a ten-hour private photo-adventure tour of Maui. We covered 150 miles by car, and another long distance by foot. Larry and Rita followed me excitedly as I brought them to a dozen of my favorite scenic locations on the island and demonstrated how I prefer to expertly photograph each special place. I was the brilliant leader and they were the adoring students gobbling up every bit of advice. I was the smug king-of-he-hill, oh yes I was.
I shot several candids of Larry and Rita, promising to email shots to their California home as a fine memory of our day together. I rushed home late and eagerly turned on my Mac, and opened Adobe Lightroom, and slammed my completely filled 8 gigabyte CF card with 398 raw photo files into the external card reader. Boom! I was ready to rock and roll with my quick editing skills.
Ummm…. “FOLDER CONTAINS NO IMAGES”. Okay, joke, a damaged cf card right? I put the card back into my camera to check the thumbnails again. “FOLDER CONTAINS NO IMAGES”. I swear they were just there minutes earlier. There must be some sort of mistake? I ran the file through my disc utility to verify and repair. Multiple errors! Ack! I could not repair!
Okay, I can get over the lost dayʻs batch of scenic photos….. But to call my clients and eat crow??? Oh, the pain, the humility, the torture! So embarrased! My king-of-the-hill status was in ruins!
So are you guys feeling that little internal double-fist-pump now that I am a total goof? I think Larry and Rita are.