Establish a Routine

My own 'prep' routine may interest you: I challenge myself to get through a one or two week workshop without making a mistake that may effectively ruin a single photo-dive.

It's a mistake if:

• Either of my flashguns fail during a dive.

• I accidentally misalign my 'limit'switch on my 60 mm or 105 mm macro lens.

• My zoom gears are misaligned.

• Focus light fails on a night dive.

• Camera hot-shoe is out of line — flash won't fire.

The list is long. My latest howler was forgetting to download a full memory card to my laptop before an afternoon dive.

Tips

It's good practice to develop a routine. Ensure that distractions during preparation are minimised. If you feel that you are rushing things, then slow down and retrace your steps. Having experienced all of these errors for myself, I know that distractions lead to floods — not because of faulty equipment, but from a lack of preparation and routine.

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