A “to do” list to start off the new year…
- Backup all your files. And back them up again, storing at least one copy in a secure off-site location.
- Purchase at least two USB powered hard drives for travel backup (larger capacity that what you might already have, since file sizes are increasing while drive costs are going down).
- Check the clock setting in your camera. Especially important if you use the date when renaming files on import, as I do. Are the time zone and daylight savings on/off correct?
- Go through all the other menu settings in your camera. One person on my last photo tour discovered he had not reset back to RAW after doing some family snaps at jpeg/small. Ouch.
- If your camera has a “my menu” feature, set it up and use it. These are just bookmarks so you don’t have to search for settings you often change.
- Clean all your camera gear, both bodies and lenses. Vacuum out bags and backpacks — you might be amazed how much dust and grit is inside your bag (and in my case, hair from our extremely furry Pomeranian!).
- Clean your tripod. Grease the leg lock threads. If you use a ball head, spray some WD40 on a rag and hold it against the ball while rotating. Clean out the groves in Arca Swiss clamps and plates.
- If you use Photoshop, check the Color Settings. For some unknown reason I’ve seen Photoshop updates occasionally change the working color space to a default of sRGB. I know this has happened with both Windows and Mac machines.
- Learn at least one new Lightroom or Photoshop technique. A personal recommendation: get Greg Benz’s Lumenzia for luminosity selection and masking, https://gregbenzphotography.com/lumenzia/.
- Make two “equipment repair” kits, one for your car and one for travel. Hex keys, jeweler’s screwdrivers, perhaps an extra tripod foot, some gaffer’s tape, etc.
- If you plan on traveling out of the country, check the expiration date on your passport. And, for that matter, your driver’s license also.
- And I’ll mention it again, backup your files.
Great tips. Always forget my time settings
And if you use in-camera copyright comments, be sure the year is correct!
Hi John, happy new year! Many thanks for the wonderful suggestions and Greg Benz recommendation…looking forward to checking that out. Best Regards, Ash