Most common mistakes in photography

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.

  1. 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.
     

  2. 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.
     

  3. 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.
     

  4. 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 final composition.
     

  5. 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.
     

  6. 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.
     

  7. 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.

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