The Biggest Mistake You Can Make in Digital Photography

If a poll were to be conducted of photographers and they were to name the single biggest mistake related to digital photography I imagine the results would be both quite interesting and very much all over the place.

And they would all be wrong.

Sure.  The wrong settings, whatever they are, can be quite annoying.  Even infuritating.  But that’s nothing.

Not having a fully charged and ready to go battery can provoke no small amount of blue language, especially when that one in a million photo op presents itself from nowhere.  But that is small potatoes too.

And even the horrible of horrible, a dead hard drive, filled with years worth of effort and work, isn’t quite as bad as the biggest mistake you can make in digital photography.


What is the biggest mistake you can make in digital photography?  Do you really want to know?  Can you handle the truth?  I don’t know….I don’t think you can handle the truth.  But for now I’m going to give you the benefit of the doubt.  After all, you look like a pretty groovy person and seem to have your head on straight so maybe, just maybe, you’ll be able to stare into this abyss and survive.

And I’ll let you in on a little secret…..this huge mistake isn’t just confined to digital photography.  Nope.  It spills over into other related areas and just makes your whole life feel like a giant waste of time.  So…are you ready?

The biggest mistake you can make in digital photography is……..window shopping.

Yes.  Window shopping.

And window shopping doesn’t have to be taken so literally these days as it also encompasses looking around online at cameras for sale.  And this doesn’t have to be just digital cameras.  It’s really ANY consumer electronic.

Think about it… there anything more annoying that being online and seeing the camera you bought just a short six months ago for a markedly lower price?  Or how about the large screen, HDTV television?  Or the MP3 player?  Or the laptop?

The list goes on.

So…can you imagine what I saw this evening before logging on to Word Press?  Yep.  My lovely camera at a markedly lower price than what I paid for it back in December.  When it was on Xmas sale.  And I swear…..I wasn’t even looking for my camera….it was just there….on the screen of the web site I was visting…..just staring me in the face and laughing at my stupid ass for having spent that much more for the very same product.

I suppose the only satisfaction I can take from this is that by not waiting for the price to inevitably drop and making the purchase in December 2007 I have enjoyed about seven months of photographing instead of wishing I had a camera.  And I’ve also made some nice friends in the process, which really makes the whole thing worthwhile.

But it still pisses me off to no end.


5 thoughts on “The Biggest Mistake You Can Make in Digital Photography

  1. I try not to look, but it’s hard not to see it when I visit so many sites dedicated to either digital photography or consumer electronics in general.

  2. I just bought a Nikon D60 that came bundled with a 55-200 VR (as well as with the 18-55 VR). I’m not even going to look anymore. Buying computers over the years has taught me this. Make the best decision you can make at the time you decide to jump in, and keep your blinders forever on after that.

    I’ve turned into a pillar of salt too many times … 😉

  3. Oh you’re so right. Virtually everything I’ve bought in both digital photography and computers I discovered I could have got cheaper (after I’ve bought it of course) if I’d only waited a little longer.

    The answer’s dead easy of course… just never buy anything!


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