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.