Understand about common mistakes during
camera photography and this will let us learn and know how to prevent
mistakes in photography. Below are some of the most common mistakes
that would most likely happen in camera photography.
Camera movement. Hold the camera nicely
and close to your eye. Keep your arms steady and move only the fingers
that manipulate the camera. Try not to shoot slower than 1/50 of a
second when you hand hold the camera. For extra steadiness, use a
tripod as much as possible. When you hand hold the camera, hold your
breath long enough to snap the shutter.
Subject movement. You always have to adjust for subject movement. Even
a portrait may move a little. Shoot portraits 1/50 of a second and
faster. Subjects that are in motion such as trains, boats etc must be
calculated ahead of time.
Tilted camera. If you hold your camera at an angle you will end up with
a tilted skyline, building or person. Learn to hold the camera so that
the horizontal objects are horizontal and vertical lines in your
subject matter appear that way in your viewfinder.
Poor composition and/or background. Many pictures may have good ideas
or capture a fleeting or candid expression and yet fail to be good
pictures because of poor composition, or confusing background or
foreground. If you are shooting a subject which changes shape or
position rapidly, it is sometimes difficult to control every portion of
the composition. Try to determine all your constant factors, such as
foreground and background, just before the subject gets into the
position you want to take. This will give you more control over the
Poor lighting. the reason some pictures turn out badly is because the
photographer doesn't make the most of his available light. This doesn't
necessarily mean that he miscalculates his exposure. Even with correct
exposure, a picture can be below par because the photographer does not
understand the nature and quality of his light. All objects look
different when the light source changes position. For example, how does
a portrait of a person look when the light comes from behind, from the
front, side, both sides, front and side, front and back? Use reflecting
boards and all the variations you can think of when you experiment with
the nature of light striking an object. The understanding of light is
one of the major keys to learning photography.
Insufficient study of the subjects. If you analyze the most common
errors you will find a high degree of inadequate planning.
Photographers will take pictures before getting to know the "best side"
of their portrait, or they will forget to look. For instance, you might
fail to look straight up at the superstructure of the bridge and hence
miss a dramatic picture of an ordinary picture. Or you might shoot the
entire length of an old frigate, ignoring the interesting hand carved
wooden figurehead on the bowsprit. This calls for a more thorough and
closer examination of every subject before taking it. Look at the
subject from different approaches. Study the angles. Observe the light
change as you walk around it and take several different pictures. You
can always select your best ones later on. This is part of learning to
be a photographer too.
Taking hackneyed subject matter without originality, felling or
thoughts. Think twice before you snap the shutter. Ask yourself what is
the purpose? Why do I want to take this picture? If you want to
reproduce a straight subject, then it is fine. If you want to snapshots
to help preserve the memory of an experience, try to capture the mood
of your subject. make it informal, sincere, full of fun and whatever
you would like to remember about it later on. If you want to create
something more, take still greater pains with your composition and
point of view.