Learn your equipment

I walked right up to this Downy Woodpecker one morning, still the very greenest photographer I could be. I was probably eight feet away when I slowly drew my camera and aimed it at this unsuspecting bird, which I so expertly stalked, pressed the shutter button and- nothing happened! No beeps, clicks, nothing! In the midst of my panic I remembered something about minimum focus distance so I backed up a few feet, fired, still nothing! I repeated this process a few more times while she patiently waited for me to figure it out. I got the shot and it’s just okay because I was facing directly into the sun but in my defense, every new photographer is going to be so excited about this opportunity that they will fire away with complete disregard for something so trivial as the position of the sun.

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