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5 Most Common Mistakes Made By Beginner Photographers

So you already know that great images, the kind that catches the eye and matches the brand aesthetics, are essential to any business, blog, or social media account. Especially if you want to stand out in an era in which people are exposed to a crazy amount of content 24/7.

… But you are repeatedly trying to take beautiful pictures for your business, and almost always end up disappointed by the end result?

Trust me, I know…I’ve been there myself.

Although I am currently taking and editing the images of my own blog, I receive lots of offers for paid partnerships on Instagram {and can afford to ask for a higher rate because I produce unique visual content} and I also create visual content for many brands in Israel and abroad, from luxury hotels around the world to jewelry, accessories, and selected lifestyle products.

But, that was not always the case…

At the very beginning I was totally CLUELESS! I would waste entire days on set only to find out, after transfering them onto my computer,  that my pictures are far from what I had hoped for. And I’m not talking about the images you see in the early posts I first published on my blog, those are the ones that made the cut… {Just for you to get an idea of how bad the bad ones actually were}.

Anyway, I made many mistakes along the way, and with time I managed to figure out what it was I was doing wrong and how to improve my photography skill.

Today, I’d like to help you through the obstacles and overcome the mistakes that you may be making in your photography process so that you can get better results faster, which is why I decided to list the top 5 mistakes made by amateur photographers…

LET'S GO!

 

 

 

YOU’RE SHOOTING ON AUTO MODE

When using auto mode, you have no control over any one of the camera’s parameters {not even flash!}. In this case, instead of being in control of your image’s final look, the camera’s internal computer does that for you, and decides what your final photo will look like. Now, it's true that today’s computers are very intelligent, but sadly we have not yet reached a time where they can read our minds. So, if you want your photos to come out just like you envision them, you need to take charge of your camera’s settings in a photographic situation.

The solution : To start, get to know the 3 most important terms in photography –  aperture, shutter and ISO. These three are known as the exposure triangle, and they are actually the ones that determine the exposure {brightness} of the picture you take. When you shoot on auto mode, the camera sets each of these parameters for you, and since it works according to an algorithm it doesn’t always succeed in getting the exposure you are interested in.

 

 

 

YOU SHOOT YOUR PHOTOS AS JPEG

Chances are that the image files on your camera or phone are set as JEPG {also known as JPG or jpg}. This is a standard image format, and is the default setting on our cameras. JEPG files are compressed image files designed to reduce the weight of the file to save space on the memory card. Although you can edit them to a certain extent, because there is not a lot of information in the image, it loses quality with every edit, and therefore it can quickly look too edited.

Unlike JEPG, a RAW file is an uncompressed and unprocessed image file. The image's raw information is kept at a very high quality and therefore probably takes up more memory space. Because images taken in RAW format capture much more information than JPEG files, they give you much more control and options when editing the image.

The solution : Change the settings in your camera to save RAW files. Keep in mind that files in this format take up more memory space and so you better have a large memory card.

 

 

 

YOU CONSTANTLY SHOOT FROM THE SAME ANGLE

When it comes to photography, choosing an angle is no less important than setting the camera’s functions. Selecting the right angles help us take more interesting photos and create the sense we would like to convey through the images. Most people are used to shooting from the same angle, at eye level while standing up. This is how we view the world most of time, but that can lead to pretty boring ‘regular’ photos.

The solution : Why not start taking pictures from different points of view? Start by playing with your body’s movement, try to shoot from high angles, low angles, bird's eye view, and more.

 

 

 

 

YOU’RE IGNORING THE BACKGROUND

How many times have you been so focused on the image’s focal point, that you completely forgot to check out the background? I don’t have to tell you how frustrating it is to get home after a day of shooting, transfer your images to the computer, only to discover that in the photo – which you were sure was absolutely perfect! – there is a trash can full of garbage that ruins the whole frame.

The solution : The background has an important role in pictures, and can really make or break a picture. That’s why, before you shoot, take a look at the frame as a whole, and check to see how your background impacts the photo’s subject. If you want to be 100% sure that the background compliments your photograph, you should take one shot of your frame, and analyse the way the background affects the frame by looking at the camera monitor. Make sure the background highlights and emphasises the subject and that nothing on display in the back that distracts or destroys.

 

 

 

 

YOU OVER EDIT YOUR PHOTOS

The goal of photo editing is to correct the weaknesses and highlight the beautiful elements in the picture, but not to fundamentally change it. I see so many images on Instagram that are overly edited so much so that not only does the editing not add anything to the existing photo, it really actually ruins it. Most of the time it doesn’t come from bad taste, rather, it comes from a lack of knowledge in working with editing programs.

The solution : In order to edit your photo in the best way possible, you first need to get to know the different editing tools, and understand exactly how they affect the image.The second stage would require you to look at the picture and recognize what changes it needs to undergo, and only then should you apply the correct  tools to realize your vision for the image.

 

 

 

 

The mistakes I have mentioned above are made by every amateur photographer at the beginning. I myself have made every one of them and it took me a long time to understand the small alterations needed to be made. So do not give up! Photography skill is totally a muscle, the more you practice, the better and more professional your photos will become. And through them, you will be able to transmit your unique style ♥

 

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AS IF! Starting out as a photographer you’ll undoubtedly have lots of mishaps - I made plenty myself! Read this to avoid 5 common beginner photography mistakes.

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7 Responses

  1. All the Tips are great, “You shoot your photos as Jpeg” was my favorite one, cause I didn’t know about this before, thanks a ton, and the gifs are really funny, keep up the good work.

  2. Haha! Love that you used Clueless gifs throughout this one.

    “At the very beginning I was totally CLUELESS!” Genius 😀

  3. Thank you very much for the wonderful tips, especially giving an explanation on aperture, shutter and ISO and their impact in photography. Also love the fact that most of them was my mistake when I was just starting, especially when my camera format was jpeg. Keep up the good work!

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