The “Cowboy” Pro
The backward dive
Light my fi…wait what?!
Wet in 3, 2, and 1!
The flash goes the other way!
The timeless forgotten lens cap
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I think it’s safe to say there are a lot of photographers who wouldn’t have a problem with achieving world fame. But here’s the trick: it does matter how you do it. It’s certainly preferable to become famous by taking amazing photographs, but here a few examples of photographers who became known all across the planet because of some major mistakes that were caught on camera. Now, most of this stuff is hilarious, but it’s also educational. As a wise man once said, the truly intelligent learn from other people’s mistakes. So grab a chair, laugh your heart out but also make notes of what you need to avoid.
This guy must have thought he was some kind of cowboy with a quick drawing hand. The only problem is he’s got butterfingers. Nevertheless, he likes to call himself a pro and make demonstrations. Watch what happens. Warning! All those of you who have a love for premium glass should look away.
Dear wedding photographers, please watch this video over and over again. It can happen to you and we don’t want another army of people crying over wasted gear. Small tragedies like these have the potential to ruin a business, especially if it’s in its first couple of years. So please, mind your back!
Here’s one from overseas, a situation I would personally try to avoid as much as possible. It seems like after a certain point, they couldn’t care less about equipment in Russia. Hopefully, competition isn’t this fierce in your area and things don’t escalade as quickly as they did with these guys.
This is another one you should watch carefully and learn from. Situations like this could cause a lot more damage and personal harm. This was a happy ending. Just like the guy from video no. 2, it is an example of what can happen when you don’t use your peripheral vision and lose yourself entirely in the viewfinder. Use one eye for the shots, and the other to prevent accidents, especially in crowded places.
To be fair, this could happen to a lot of wedding photographers. Placing too many people on a peer or any other place that has the potential to crash is a risky decision. In this particular case, it ended with laughter, but there’s no guarantee for that. Make your photo shoots as safe as possible.
If you can’t figure that out for yourself, take a look at the manual. ‘Nuff said.
This is by far a rookie mistake and you certainly wouldn’t expect to see it at this level. But, that goes to show even seasoned pros can make beginner mistakes. This guy has no idea what’s happening, but he bounces back pretty quickly.