Common Photography Mistakes

Learning photography is a fun and enriching experience. One of the most important things to keep in mind is to avoid the common mistakes along the way.

There are a lot of things that can go wrong and even professional photographers commit the same errors every now and then. But it always helps to acknowledge and determine the errors so that you stay away from them the next time.

Not to worry, though, as with the advancement in photography and printing technologies, fixing these mistakes can mean a mere push of a button. Find out here some of the most common problems and how you can address them.

Blurred images. Unless you fully intended the blurry effect in your image (such as a dream-like cascade of the waterfall or the neon lights in a disco), blurry pictures are never good. Usually this happens when your camera is on an unstable surface, you unintentionally moved your hand while shooting, the subject is on the move or there is a shutter lag.

To prevent this issue, it’s best to use a sturdy tripod and a remote shutter for better control. Also, you can press the shutter button halfway down first and then take it all the way down once the subject moves.

Red-eye on portraits. This happens when there is low or dim lighting and the image is captured with the aid of a flash. Fortunately, most cameras now come with a red-eye reduction feature that helps you take clear photos even at night. If, however, you need to use the flash, ask your subject not to look directly into the lens.

Lack of focus in an image. There are times when you can get overwhelmed with one scene and attempt to capture everything in one image. Or the subject you want to shoot is too far away it melts into the background. The result is a picture that’s confusing or an ordinary, lifeless one.

To improve on this aspect, use the zoom of your digital camera. If the zooming capability is not enough, move closer to your intended subject. And before pressing the shutter, decide on the focal point or subject of your photo.

Too dark or too bright images. When there is not enough light and your shutter speed is too fast, the resulting exposure will be dark. Overexposed photos, on the other hand, occur when there is too much lighting and the details are washed out.

You can correct both mistakes using Photoshop. Or when taking pictures, always remember to check the lighting. In a dim environment, you can either move nearer your subject or use additional lighting. When shooting outdoors on a really sunny day, use a flash or position your subject under a shady spot.

Ineffective or faulty composition. There is no right or wrong composition but there is such a thing as making an impactful image from a well-thought and planned composition. Remember the “rule of thirds” when you are looking through your lens. Also be creative with your perspectives and when in doubt about your angles, it’s always safest to fill the frame with your subject.