August 15, 2018

Top 10 Photography Mistakes You Should Avoid

Top 10 Photography Mistakes You Should Avoid

When doing a photo shoot you have to be proactive and quick to avoid making these mistakes and help your pocket, (and your client’s too).

To be super clear: DO NOT DO THESE THINGS THAT WE WILL LIST BELOW

1. NOT PAYING ATTENTION TO THE BACKGROUND

While most of us understand that the subject that we are shooting is the most important aspect of our photo, we cannot just ignore that background. It could very well, make or break your composition. Most backgrounds give your image balance, texture, depth, or even more of that feeling you are looking for.

2. SHOOTING RIGHT INTO THE SUN (OR LIGHTS)

Just like that common sense rule of not looking into the sun, the least thing you want to do while taking a picture is looking straight at it. Not only will looking at the sun will probably blind you, but also will make the light sensor in your camera freak out. Please, avoid it.

3. NEVER ZOOMING IN

Unless of course you are using a fixed lens, zoom in! Its there for a reason. This one ties in with tip #8. It’ll help you save time and money. As well as change the perspective and depth of your image, without having to do more editing in post.

4. LEAVING THE LENS CAP ON

Everyone has done this at least once, well, make a habit of not doing it. Before you even start a shoot, first thing should be taking off your lens cap. Leaving it on, could make you look unprofessional.

5. NOT SHOOTING ENOUGH SHOTS

The last thing you want is to get to your place of editing, and finding out that that shot you love, or thought you did, is actually a blur, or your camera decided to corrupt the image file. Be sure to get as many shots as you can, different angles, styles, ISOs, Apertures, setting choices on your camera, etc.

6. STICKING TO SIMILAR ANGLES

Vary your portfolio, make your client go crazy with the results, don’t stick with the traditional, be bold, look for the best angles. No one wants a passport photo for their photo shoot. Don’t be afraid of experimenting. Be sure to keep your client updated as you go, of course.

7. USING AUTO FLASH ALL THE TIME

As an amateur photographer you may rely on the automatic settings on your camera, while that’s not entirely bad; you should definitely avoid using auto flash, unless you know you need it. You are the best person to know when and when not to, but depending your camera’s light sensor may not be the best way to go.

8. PLAN TO CROP EVERYTHING IN POST

Always plan ahead, if you can crop it in the field, do it. Don’t leave it for post. At the very least you will be removing pixels and size from the original picture and that lowers the quality. 

9. POSE IN DIRECT SUNLIGHT OR RIGHT AT NOON

Try to schedule your shoots, at the right times of the day. The golden hours if possible, if not, then at any other time but close to noon. The worse thing to see in a photo is straight hard shadows that remove detail and erase parts of people’s or things. Same with too much light, having the subject look straight at the sun is also a poor lighting choice that you can avoid by using a light diffuser.

10. STICK WITH WHAT YOU KNOW

Don’t be afraid of doing new things, watch video tutorials, read our blog posts that relate to photography, watch our future YouTube photography tutorials. Read books about photography and photography styles. Or even: Google it.

In all, I hope that these quick tips can help you become a better photographer, share these along with those aspiring to be one of us as well.

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-Alex G

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