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5 Photography Mistakes that Beginners Make and Tips to Avoid Them Leave a comment

Being a beginner in any field can be tough sledding, and the field of photography is no different. There are so many things that can go wrong and it can be a drag sometimes. But to be a good photographer, you are bound to go through the process. Stick around till the end of this article to find out what are five common mistakes that beginners usually repeat. You will also be able to get some good tips for better understanding. It will put you on the right track to be a better photographer for your triumphed days.



These are all the mistakes that beginners usually make.

Wrong subject placement and getting too close to the subject  

A photo looks mesmerizing when the main subject is framed aptly. For this, a photographer must know where to put the focal point. This is all about the rule of space. Subject placement matters a lot in photography. A photographer should know how the space around the subject should be organized relative to the subject that is being captured. Also, I have seen many beginners getting so close to the main object, and consequently, their pictures do not meet the photography rules. They are also not well-framed and are overexposed as well.


Constant Eye-Level Shooting

Here is a thing about a good photographer, that he/ she always goes for innovative shooting positions to get a good frame. While a beginner always shoots at the human eye level angle and usually fails to spot creative frames while constantly shooting at eye-level. To get good at what you do, you have to try different angles and frames so that your clicks appear exquisitely appealing to your eyes.  I personally never compromise over good frames as a frame is a key to a good photo. Every person has his/ her way of seeing the world. A good photographer should always try to catch every possible frame to attract the eyes of beholders.


Ignoring Lighting Effect

 Another mistake that beginners usually make is that they don’t pay much heed to the lighting. Shooting in harsh light can cause deep shadows and overexposure of the main object. True colors are lost when the main object or surroundings are overexposed. Shooting in soft light gives a smooth tone and true colors. Therefore, it is suggested not to shoot when the sun is on the head, always shoot when the sun is rising or the sun is setting (golden hours).



Lack of Understanding the Functionality of Camera

A beginner photographer is always unsure about how to use the camera perfectly and how he/ she can get the best out of his/ her camera. In order to avoid that, a beginner must go for these steps.



● As a beginner is not well aware of the basic functionality of the camera, he/ she tends to make every crucial mistake. For that, he/ she at least has to know the basic settings like changing shoot mode, changing shooting format (RAW or JPEG), changing focus, and many other functionalities. 

● Knowing the functionality of each button that is on your camera has a great impact on your photography. So, you must get the concrete idea about them to attain nice and crisp photos.

● Leaving the flash ON for most of your photos is not a very good idea as direct flash is not very pleasing to eyes. Moreover, flash has this ability to light the subject evenly, so it can cause your pictures to look flat which can be unflattering.


Compromising Stability

The main object should be focused, and it should clearly be distinguished from the surroundings.  The main object and surroundings should not have to be shaky. If so, the photo will fail to grasp attention. A beginner hesitates to use a tripod or a stabilizer because they appear complex to use at first. Using a tripod or a stabilizer in low light, while taking a long exposure shot with a perfect zoom brings stability in the photograph. I have been using a tripod since the very first day, and I am utterly satisfied with the quality that my camera brings.



Final Thoughts

Not having a unique perspective means not having an idea that how much distance should be maintained between the camera and the main object, not keeping in view the amount of light and direction of light, compromising on stability, and not being aware of camera functionality are some of the mistakes that every beginner does. It may be devastating as it can put all your efforts to no purpose, but the practice is the key to success in any field. Perfectness is something that comes with the utmost dedication and constant practice.



Article by Fatima Athar

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