I-D-10-T is apparently an IT (information technology) acronym used to describe a “user error.” Look closely… and it says “idiot”. Well, if the shoe fits…
I had one of those days . . . actually weekends . . . with my camera where I just could not get it right ….let’s just say it was a weekend of I-D-10-T errors.
Day 1: The 5K race photos. After a long, wet, and chilly morning, a cup of hot cider and a nap, I uploaded my very gray & rainy day race pictures. Ugg, they all had a blue tint I was struggling with my flash a bit, so figured it was that… Good thing I shoot in raw and have Lightroom to help save the day.
Day 2: A very different day, sunny and bright, another perfect fall day! Took a drive, found a pumpkin patch and even better a beautiful flower patch. I had a little difficulty in the super-bright conditions seeing my display, so I never thought about the previous days dreaded blue-cast. Not long before heading home, asking for just 15 more minutes in the flower patch with my camera, I a) finally noticed the blue color cast was still there … can’t blame the flash now, time to check the settings. Who changed my white balance to bulb!?! and b) I also realized that I had not checked my ISO setting from the very dark dingy gloomy day before. Settings changed, the last few photos saved . . . right? Wrong!
Somewhere along the way, no idea when or where, I somehow managed to change the quality setting from Raw to Basic. Not discovered until I was tweaking the white balance in LR (to get rid of that dreaded blue tint) and all of a sudden the WB options vanished. What? Why? Then, there it was . . . a jpg file.
I guess we all need to be reminded from time-to-time of some of the basics; and there’s nothing like an I-D-10-T error(s) to do just that:
So to avoid silly mistakes like mine → Remember this:
- Check your equipment & all your settings before you head out.
- Shoot in raw if given the option, or your post-processing adjustments become a bit limited.
- And the biggie for me . . . take your time. A couple exceptional photos are better than a whole afternoon of mistakes. Feeling rushed and hurried, for me, always, always causes an I-D-10-T. . . oh, lets just say it, idiot user error. So keep the family waiting a little longer ~ It was a beautiful fall day and besides. . . I drove 😉
til next time,