As a rookie news photographer, my nightmares would take on this form:
I’d be some place where there is “breaking news” and I’d have all my gear, be at the right place with all hell breaking loose.
I reach into my bag and I realize I left my film in the trunk of my car.
Recently I was out at ArtWalk, Riverside’s once-a-month event where galleries downtown open their doors to artists’ work.
I had to get out with my camera and shake off the cobwebs.
After setting up and loading AA batteries into the Speedlights, I discovered the batteries in the pack of AAs were all dead.
Every single one of them. So much for reliability and the Energizer bunny.
If there’s a lesson to take from this: even batteries that are supposedly new can go bad.
It’s probably a good idea to keep new batteries in the refrigerator and always load the batteries into your flash right before you use them.
Buying a $5 battery tester is also a good idea for every digital photographer.
Fortunately for me, this was not a paying gig and I was merely playing, so I shot with available light.
Exposure was roughly 1/60 f2 at 1600. Not quite bright enough to freeze some of the motion, but it was passable.
Repeat after me, â€œWithout batteries and memory cards, all you have around your neck is an ugly necklace.â€
If you have similar war stories about the one that got away, I’d love to hear about it.