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Common Mistakes That You Can Make With Your Photography

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Photography has become one of the most important hobbies in this period and there are a lot of professional photographers around the world in the different fields of photography and no one is perfect, we all make mistakes, especially in the beginnings. So if you are a beginner photographer you may fall into some mistakes and do not feel bad or sorry because the most if not the all of the professional photographers today have passed tons of mistakes which they  learned a lot from them.

And though making mistakes is the best way to learn and be a professional or even the learning from the other mistakes.

For that we are going to share here some of the common photography mistakes that will let you end up with much better photos if you avoid them.

  • Wrong Focus.

Without the right and sharp focus on your subject in the photograph, it won’t work, as the blurring of the focus point will weaken the photograph’s strength and become worthless, you have to take care about the subject of interests that need to be in the sharp focus. As you have to know that the viewers always want to find a focus point in the photograph for the convenience of the eye.

To get the desired focus all you have to do is press halfway on the camera’s button and you will notice that the lens has started working to get the desired focus, after making sure of your target in your photograph press more on the camera’s button to take your shot.

If you shooting faces or people as a portrait, then you have to make your focus point on the eyes of the person to get a sharp look that will increase the strength of your portrait.

  • Wrong White Balance.

One of the biggest mistakes is don’t set the right white balance. Because when the settings are not correct you will get wrong colours in the photograph. So the correct sitting for the white balance is to avoid a tint in the colours and the light. Every camera has an automatic white balance, which is doing a good result with your photograph and may also sometimes be wrong, so if you started to adjust the white balance manually, you will get much better results. As you have to guide the camera to know the light source of the scene. Like if you are shooting in the daylight and you set the camera’s white balance on the cloudy light, then the photograph will have orange cast, and also if you are shooting in the cloudy light and you set the white balance on the day light, then the photograph will have blue cast.

It will be perfect if you chose the RAW mood to set the correct white balance and which will allow to set the colour temperature afterwards.

  • Don’t Use the Tripod.

One of the most important things that you should focus on as a photographer is to get a very sharp photograph without any blurring and free from vibrations that always came from the shaking of the camera. And this can be only be achieved if the good lighting to capture the image using a fast shutter speed and aperture large lens, but in the case of the absence of the sufficient lighting is very important to use the tripod and install the camera on it, as there are many ways to try to avoid the camera shake, but the easiest one for the beginners photographers is to use the tripod.

The tripod will always make the camera stable and will reduce the vibrations in the photograph and will make your pictures always sharp.

  • Wrong Use for the Flash.

The first result for the wrong using of the flash is the red dots on the eyes, and also the flash causes the concentration of the bright light on certain parts of the photograph, and the presence of a black background of the photograph and doesn’t show any clear features.

So the right using for the flash is when shooting portrait in an open place during the day and not at the night, the flash is usually used by photographers to balance the lighting in the image and reduce the shaded places on the face.

  • The presence of undesirable elements in the background.

Taking care of the background in the photograph is a key element in the photography, so you have always before shooting to make sure that there is no unnecessary elements in your scene that may cause distraction, as the distracting background plays a major role in ruining photographs, so before taking your shoot make sure you are in the right corner and without any undesirable elements.     

  • Subject in the Center.

It is a common mistake between the beginner photographers to keep the subject in the center of the picture.

One of the most important rule in the photography the rule of thirds, which requires to divide the photograph into three parts and you can place your cadre in one third of these three. For example, if you will take a photograph for a landscape on the beach, this scene includes sand, sea and sky. In this case try to divide the landscape into three thirds, the sand in the bottom third, the sea in the middle third and the sky in the top third.

  • Shooting without a plan.

Develop a plan for each shooting outing specially choosing the perfect time for your shoot.

When you always set goals and achieve them, the more skilled you will become and be very professional and lose your time. 

  • Shooting the same thing.

There are some beginner photographers always shooting the same over and over with every single details in the photo, and with this mistake you won’t learn anything new and won’t make anything different. You have to make sure in your next shoot to do something completely different, challenge yourself and go out there and take many different shoots and just practice and that will help you to be a professional.

  • Too much editing.

There are many photo editing programs, like Photoshop, Lightroom and others and these programs just made to help you to make small edits in photos to look better, not to change them completely and make them very bad with totally unnatural colours.

Try to make just small editing by firstly enhancing the colours, adjust the contrast, cropping and that just to make your photo look better and make the photo more eye catching.

  1. Over/Low Exposure.

Lighting is the most important element in the photography, as no lights means no photography, and the camera works based on the reflection of light.

Over exposure is caused by entering too much light, which causes to fade and lose many details.

Low exposure is the entry of a light amount less than required and therefore most of the features of the photo is dark.

In order to avoid these problems, as the professional photographer, you should choose the appropriate time for shooting the best photographs that normally done in the golden hours and just few hours before and after sunrise and sunset.


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