Common Photo Mistakes – How to Avoid Them

Let’s face it, everybody makes mistakes. That’s what being human is all about. That includes making common photo mistakes as well. This article will give you the 5 most common and how to eliminate them most of the time and as a result improve your photography dramatically. Here they are:

1. Bad background. It is easy to get distracted by the subject you are focusing your attention on. If you remember to just check the background behind your subject, you will see a big improvement in your pictures. Just paying attention to it will cause you to notice when there is something distracting going on behind your subject. You can then move your subject or move yourself to a better angle to get a better background.

2. Bad composition. Many photographers are guilty of what I call “The bullseye syndrome.” That is placing your subject or center of interest in the exact center of your photograph. Learn just a few simple composition rules like the rule of thirds, use of leading lines, and balance and your photography will be much better.

3. Using the wrong camera setting. I know it’s not fun, but if you read your camera manual before you set out on your photography session, it will be a big help. Reading about when you should use a certain camera setting will help you avoid many common mistakes.

4. Taking Blurry Photos. Blur is caused by either poor focusing technique or motion blur. Sometimes it is helpful to first aim you camera exactly at what’s most important to be in focus, press your shutter button half way, and then re-compose your picture before you squeeze your shutter the rest of the way.

Motion blur is caused by camera movement or the movement of your subject. Learn what effects shutter speed and how you can use camera settings to control it. Using faster shutter speeds will stop both kinds of motion blur. Using a tripod or your camera’s flash will prevent blur caused by camera movement.

5. Not having enough memory or battery power. This is the worst cardinal sin of all. Always have enough memory and spare batteries with you. If you run out of camera memory or your batteries go dead, you’re completely out of luck. Is there anything else more frustrating then going to take a picture and not being able to.

Digital camera technology has advance so much, there is no excuse to not get great photographs. The internet is a great source for you to get additional photography tips and techniques. But of course, the best advice I can give you is to have fun. It’s an exciting time to be interested in photography. Develop a childlike curiosity and explore your world with your camera.

3 Biggest Mistakes Beginners Make In Digital Photography

Photography for beginners can mean lots of very easy mistakes that ruin lots of could be great shots. This article will cover the three biggest mistakes people make in digital photography.

One of the biggest mistakes beginners make is simply trying to photography too much. There could be a shot with a train on the left, a balloon on the right, a clown in the middle, air force one in the middle, and a couple smiling at the camera and it would just be too hectic. Complex photos are not fun to look at and usually make a viewer too confused and look away.

The solution to this is simply to isolate on one or two subjects only. Take a picture of the train, then a shot of the balloon, then the clown, etc. It’s alright if you use some more film, your photos will look better and more pleasing to look at.

Another big mistake photographers that are starting out make is very simple…relying on the middle of the subject too much. Our eyes are naturally made so that when we look at something we make it the center of our vision. So, it would make sense that most people take pictures with the subject at the center of the photo. This, however, is just boring and uninteresting. We see it everywhere. If photography was photographing things the way they are then there’d be a lot of ugly photos. Composing photos so the subject is more interesting as an art form.

The solution to this problem is simply to place the subject off center and to the left or right. This will make your photos much more interesting and easier to look at.

The last big mistake beginners make is ending up with camera malfunctions. Blurry shots, under or over exposed, etc. The result of this problem is a lack of knowledge how to use the camera properly. The solution to this is to get to know your camera. Know what shutter speed is and the aperture is. Start using your manual mode more often and manually focus the shot instead.

Photography Competitions? 5 Huge Mistakes to Avoid

Avoid these common mistakes in your photo competition entries and you stand a much better chance of doing well:

Mistake #1. Photographers present tired and predictable subjects and treatments. Hackneyed shots are extremely tedious for everyone concerned. Individuality and originality, however, stand out. Be ruthlessly tough on your material – does it have an immediate impact? Is it original? Compelling? Emotive? If not, then go back to the drawing board.

Mistake #2. Photographers play it too safe and fail to explore extremes in their entries. What is presented is more like a merely accurate representation of something rather than a shot that vividly captures the ‘drama,’ ‘essence’, ’emotion’ or ‘personality’ of the subject. Shots that do are alive. Those that don’t are flat and are quickly discarded from the judging process.

Mistake #3. Photographers violate the basic principles of composition and framing. By doing this, an ignorance of the fundamentals of photographic aesthetics is immediately apparent. Such entries never win and there is a massive difference between knowing and understanding the rules but then consciously bending or breaking them and, on the other hand, being completely ignorant of the ‘rules’ in the first place. The difference will be very obvious in the images. Aspiring photographers need to educate themselves about the fundamentals of framing and composition or else will be wasting their time in most photography competitions.

Mistake #4. Photographers don’t enter enough shots into a competition. There is always subjectivity involved in the judging of any photography competition so aspiring photographers need to put in more than one entry if they can – especially in the major events.

Mistake #5. Photographers submit their entry at the 11th hour. In any significant photography competition, the vast majority of entries (to call it a tidal wave would not be an understatement in some cases) arrive at the last possible moment before the deadline. Judges are then confronted with the daunting task of wading through the mountains of (e)mail and judging each and every piece of work with equal dispassion. In theory, it should not make any difference when an entry arrives but in practice, judges can give more time and thought to those entries that arrive before King Kong’s mailbag.