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How to Avoid Beginner Mistakes in Photography

Author: Carl Heaton
He is our senior instructor and originally from Manchester UK. Carl teaches our Web Design and Online Marketing Courses.
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Want to become a better photographer? Here are five tips to help you avoid making silly mistakes from time to time. After all, we’re only human.

Want to become a better photographer? Here are five tips to help you avoid making silly mistakes from time to time. After all, we’re only human.

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1.Adjust to Changes in Lighting


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Many times we get caught clicking pictures because we like what we see. We move around and we forget to change our camera exposure to the changing light. It could be as simple as a cloud covering the sun or your subject turning his/her back against the sun creating a back-light image. Your subject could go behind a building or a tree where there is shade.  All these change are hard to keep track of because your eyes don’t notice any big changes in light. Always look at your photos to see the changes in lighting.

2.Take Time to Frame Your Image and Try Different Poses

Most people you photograph are not professional models. Take time and help them pose. If you don’t like what you see, stop and change you’re framing or the pose. Taking hundreds of images hoping for a great shot is not going to save you time. You’ll be adding more time because you still have to go through all those photos you’ve taken.

3.Start Shooting in Raw Format

Taking photos in raw mode instead of jpeg gives you the ability to change the lighting of white balance when you have a big change in your lighting situation. But the most important is when you need more range of light, like bright sunny and shadows, that’s where raw will save your images and stop you from having to put those images in the junk folder. You will be able to save overexposed or underexposed images. Trying to save a jpeg that is not correctly expose will take more time and often look too grainy.

4.Limitless Images


Thinking your camera can take millions of photos is a huge misconception. Most camera can only do a few thousand before the mechanical parts wear down. Most entry level DSLR are made to only take a few thousand of photos, whereas most high pro cameras can do hundreds of thousands, but are ten times the price tag.

5.Never Get Attached to Your Photos

This is the most important mistake we all make as photographers. We attach emotions to our photos. Maybe you worked really hard on creating this image, but sometime it’s not your best image. If you have take a day or two and come back to your image, then make a selection on the strength of the image, not how much time you put into it. Just like in a movie, sometimes they spent thousands of dollars on an explosion, but in the end it does not benefit the film, the director will cut it out. Do the same, only show you’re best images, no need to show your weaker images. It will only bring the rest of your images down.

Interested in Photography?

Thank you Eric, for bringing this article to us. He is an instructor here at WCB and if you would like to enroll in one of his classes, check out the Private Photography Course or Photography – Essentials.

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