10 Beginner Photography Mistakes Should Avoid

10 Beginner Photography Mistakes Should Avoid


10 Beginner Photography Mistakes Should Avoid- As beginner photographers, we should avoid Common photography mistakes, it will help you make a better photographer. We are going to discuss and how to avoid Photography mistakes, so let's start:

1. Forget to turn off  Image Stabilization

Image Stabilization is a great feature that is often found either in a lens or the camera body sometimes both if you've got a Nikon lens or it's got VR written on the side then that lens has vibration reduction. If you've got a Canon lens and it has is that's image stabilization.

DSLR cameras don't have it built into them but mirrorless cameras mostly do this camera Sony use a similar feature it's called steady shot as their Olympus and all the other manufacturers but regardless of what camera you've got the name the feature itself is actually cool it's designed to help give you sharper images by helping to eliminate camera shake when you're using your camera handheld but there is a reason to turn it off it's often missed and that's what.

I want to talk about if you're taking photos of the sunset or at night and you're using a tripod to keep the camera steady then don't forget to turn off image stabilization otherwise your camera will be trying to compensate for movement which of course isn't there because you're using a tripod left turned on the stabilization can actually cause images to look soft.

2. Setting ISO too High

ISO as some people like to call it is one of three ways in which we can affect our exposure if you increase the ISO effectively you make your picture brighter and if you decrease the ISO your picture will get darker.

If your pictures are looking very grainy this is often called digital noise than it's almost certainly because your ISO is too high this is effectively Distortion now my default ISO is 200 and that's what I recommend for you guys as well as changing the ISO on the camera is usually pretty easy.

For this sunset image at ISO 100, the image is nice and sharp and detailed and if we enlarge the image to a hundred percent there is minimal digital noise for the second image I've increased the ISO to 6400 and the digital noise is much more noticeable.

10 Beginner Photography Mistakes Should Avoid
ISO 100
10 Beginner Photography Mistakes Should Avoid
ISO 6400 (Noice)

So you can get away with increasing the ISO of your image is only going to be viewed on a small device may be on Instagram in social media but if the intention is to crop the image print the image or view the image on a larger screen remember I also keep it low.

3. Not Using Tripod

I do understand why many people try to avoid buying a tripod who wants to walk around with a tripod, all day is large it's cumbersome and it takes ages to set up but a tripod is a must-have been a kit.

If you want to take photos in low-light do night photography or long exposures and landscapes using a tripod open up so many more photographic possibilities because you can start to use the slower shutter speeds to create amazing photos that would be hard if not impossible to do handheld. now of course if you don't want to carry a full-size tripod around there are plenty of smaller options available.

 – I like to recommend a budget-friendly Tripod / Monopod below mentioned.

4. Nor changing lenses

We all have to start somewhere and as beginner photography can be a bit challenging and daunting at first there’s a lot of things to understand and one of them is lenses and different lens types. 

Different types of lenses are really good to use and of course, there's a reason why we can change lenses on a camera like this just because this lens is bigger don't leave it in the camera bag use it has fun with it discover what it can do this one.

5. Always shooting at eye level

About composition a very simple way in which we can make our pictures more engaging and make them stand out from the rest whilst of course this image of

Taken always shooting from eye level is a mistake because your pictures will always look like everybody else's because they're taken from a viewpoint that most of us commonly see all.

6. Not knowing the limitations of your lens

Another very common mistake of photography that, making is getting too close with the lens and wondering why I can't focus that's because every lens has its limitations now just because it has the word macro on the side of this lens it does not make it a macro lens what it's actually showing me here is how close I can get with this lens before it will be unable to focus and of course.

If I'm too close all I've got to do is pull the lens back a bit and it should be able to focus just fine of course if you really want to do macro photography and get really close to your subject then it's better to buy a dedicated macro lens and if you want to do macro on a budget consider extension tubes which is a great way of doing macro lens on a budget because what you actually do is you use them to turn your existing lens into a macro.

7. Not using/ adjusting the viewfinder

When taking pictures you might be using the LCD screen on the back of the camera it's a great feature of the camera it's very useful it's called live view.

But there are reasons why you might want to occasionally switch from using the LCD screen to use in the viewfinder reason number one is on a bright sunny day it may be a bit hard to actually see the screen and what you're taking a picture of it may be difficult to see whether that subject is in focus or out of focus number two when you're holding the camera out and looking at the camera screen and this is a very unsteady way of holding a camera which can lead to the camera recording your hand movements and your images looking a bit soft or blurry.

If you do find yourself using the viewfinder do make sure you adjust it so it suits your eyes there's a little dial or wheel on the back of the viewfinder. Usually tucked into the top of the side and turning that you can adjust the viewfinder so you get a nice clear view now for me we're not taking pictures handheld. I'm nearly always looking through the viewfinder but if I'm using my camera on a tripod then I like to use the live view.

8. Manual Mode

If you're not a real photographer unless you're shooting in the manual mode right well I think that's wrong. Manual mode I like it it's great, it allows you to control the key components of the camera aperture shutter speed ISO.

If you are an absolute beginner checkout Program Mode which is P on the dial with this mode, the camera does most of the hard work for you but you have some flexibility.

You can manually change some of the settings Aperture Priority hat's great because you can control the aperture and the camera helps you out with the rest. I'd love to suggest all of you shooting a full manual that's brilliant but I think you should use the mode that's going to give you the results you want.

9. Not knowing how to Manual Focus

The focus modes select MF for manual focus and this will do the same all you've got to do then is reach around and adjust the focus ring on the lens not confusing it with the zoom and this will allow you to adjust your focus manually.

10. Staying in Auto mode

Just shooting in the auto mode and never exploring what your camera can actually do. I think is the biggest mistake that someone can make.

In the auto mode, your camera does all the work for you and works out the exposure it looks after the focus, and of course if your picture doesn't turn out the way you intended it to. I guess you can't complain because you weren't willing to get involved and learn some of the basics of photography.

Happy Reading.

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