Top 5 Mistakes Beginner Photographers Make




If you’re just getting started in photography, here’s our pick for the top 5 mistakes you could be making. The good news? With some simple changes to your shots, you can develop a solid foundation for taking great photos, and becoming more creative.

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  1. Another common mistake is to fail to pay careful attention to the background of a shot and to make adjustments to the composition based on the background as well as the subject.

  2. not bad advice, but ignores some things. when it comes to light, i personally don’t believe there is such a thing as bad light. there’s always a way to shoot in all kinds of light and you just need the skill and sometimes the tools to be able t handle it.
    secondly, the rule of thirds. there are other schools of composition out there, the rule of thirds is only one of them. center framing can be very powerful when it is used properly.
    third, lens choices is also subjective. yes knowing the properties and abilities of each lens is paramount. but there are entire communities that only use wide angle lenses for portraits. this is more of a classical rule of portraiture. but look into the work of Samuel Elkins or other big time modern hipster photographers. they’ve found ways to shoot portraiture exclusively with wide angle lenses and get gigs shooting for urban outfitters, Land Rover, Ugg Boots, American Eagle and he has something like 765K or so followers on Instagram.

    so the remaining 2 rules i agree with. but ultimately this all needs to be taken with a grain of salt and sometimes knowing when is the appropriate time to break the rules.

  3. My worst one is putting it on manual , dialing a high iso so that i can use a fast shuuter speed for BIF at dusk then forgetting my settings and shooting in bright sunshine the following day. Thought I had a close up of a buzzard perched on a post ripping into its prey. Got a whole lotta blown out nothing aargh.

  4. One mistake I made when I started out in photography years ago was putting a polarizing filter on and leaving it on all the time. I figured that it would improve any photos that needed it while not negatively impacting the rest of my shots. I also put a haze filter on to reduce haze and further protect my lens. Shooting through all that extra glass made my photos look soft, and needlessly increased my ISO and exposure time so that most of my early photos were ruined or sub-par. Filters don't protect your lens, and they can do a lot of harm to your photos. Polarizing filters do have their uses, but should be used only in those situations in which they are needed.

  5. Forgetting that you're wearing polarizing sunglasses while shooting an outdoor event and then freaking out because your LCD is broken… Also sometimes, getting angry with the camera because the sky looks bleh and forgetting you're wearing said polarizing sunglasses while the camera is filterless.

  6. Always reset your settings when your done to something standard. Nothing worse than missing "the shot" because the last time you changed the exposure compensation to +3EV or left the lens in manual mode and you got too excited because everything was perfect.

  7. Mistake number one for me is spending too much time on youtube and not with the camera. I guess this falls into your rule number one, but longtime pro's suffer it too!
    Just get out there and take images…..you'll soon see an improvement.

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