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16 - Mistake Analysis

How do you figure out the benefit of a mistake—knowing what to do the next time?

• Do an experiment.

• Do it where it's comfortable.

• Do it so there's no need for artistry.

• Do a little experiment.

Break a larger issue down into smaller pieces.

• Document what you did.

Take written notes, of course.

And, take visual notes.

For example, if you're experimenting with lights, step back and take a picture of the scene of your experiment.

Then you'll know where the lights were placed.

• Limit the variables.

You can determine what's happening, or not happening, more easily.

• Let it rest for a day or two.

When you come back to the mistake, you may have figured it out in the meantime.