Some photographers are naturally gifted with a talent of taking good shots and some are averagely gifted. We are humans and tend to make mistakes. If you are new to photography, you might do mistakes and mess things as and when you are learning but It is okay, you are bound to make mistakes as photography is no exception and not at all bound to be done without mistakes.
Here are several very common mistakes that any new photographer can make. Learn to avoid them, your images will improve.
1. The wrong Choice Of Focus
Using autofocus and letting the camera choose your focus points, may make you focus on the wrong part of your image frame. This happens especially while using a shallow depth of field. This is something that’s either impossible or difficult to fix after the fact, so it’s important to nail your focus in the field. Always keep in mind that unless things aren’t in your hand, you cannot succeed at achieving whichever still you have been targeting for. Use your camera’s spot autofocus mode to choose your focus point to make sure you get accurate focusing.
When focusing on people and portraits, make sure your focus is on the subject’s eyes. Eyes do a lot of talking. Make sure you have avoided any kind of light reflection that can imply to a red eye. The wrong choice of focus can lead you to numerous wasted shots.
2. Precision On Backgrounds
A subject is a prior factor but what comes to eyes after drifting eyes from the subject is the background. A picture is also about backgrounds. How you relate and coordinate subject’s theme of clothing to the background and story-telling speaks a lot about your photography style. As an amateur photographer, you should be aware of the importance of choosing a good background to present both your subject and your style properly through the image.
Keep eyes on any harsh or bizarre background that can leave the viewer in any type of wrong thoughtfulness. Also, make sure you don’t use sharp backgrounds as you don’t want your viewer’s whole attention on the background but the subject. For sure, your subject won’t be happy to see outputs showcasing more of the background and less of them in focus.
3. Failed Backup Implies Time Gone In Vain
Today’s technology offers photographers more space on their computers and laptops to store images, however, many photographers don’t have a backup system in place, relying solely on their computer or laptop to never crash or fail. Having only one copy of your image files stored and nowhere else can lead to a lot of disappointment for both you and your client. Be sure to have a second copy on an external hard drive or cloud storage service. Cloud storage and external hard drives are becoming increasingly affordable, so why not keep two backups just for peace of mind? And the smarter you keep becoming more resonating your work.
4. Good Camera + Skilled Photographer = Perfectly Amazing Images
An assumption that if you have a good camera, you will automatically take amazing photos is utterly wrong. This is not the case. Just having a great camera, doesn’t mean you don’t need to learn photography. It is the person behind the lens that is responsible. It’s like the steer is in your hand but it doesn’t matter if that steer is of Audi as the driver is you. It will always move as per your actions.
Other photographers are able to give you amazing photos by because they have learned about composition, and how to use their camera properly. It is really important to have a thought of learning everything possible about camera and photography. It doesn’t work with the best camera, it definitely does but with a good capturer too.
5. Choose The Lens That Suits You Best
Every style of photography uses a different kind of lenses according to their use. You need to be very careful about which lens to choose while making a move. For that first, you need to be clear about what kind of photography you are going to do.
Different lenses have their respective different uses. Like a portrait lens will only get you to portrait photographs as they don’t have the facility of zooming in. With this lens, you can never get a landscape photograph. Be sure you are aware of the focal lengths of every lens you must make you sure you don’t end up messing the shoot just because of the wrong choice of lens.
6. Always And Always Check Settings
Here comes another common mistake. When you change the settings of your camera, they will most probably be kept in its memory, always remember to change them before your next shoot as the whole set up will be different.
Be sure you’re organized to avoid serious consequences because of totally forgivable oversight. A lot of photographers always check certain things in the same order like a routine that is to be followed prior to any shoot. This small routine ensures you on the safe side!
It’s common for amateurs making adjustments on their camera while shooting but always remember to check before going for the shoot. Afterward, just because of the wrong settings, they find out that the shoot images haven’t come out as expected.
7. Have A Backup Plan
Having a “Plan B”, makes sure you have a backup for all of your most critical pieces of equipment. If you need a flash for a shoot, what will happen if it breaks and you don’t have a backup? This impresses the client that their chosen photographer is so aware of situations despite being an amateur photographer.
It is possible that you may run out of power or anything goes wrong with one of your equipment. In such cases, if you have an extra tire ready for your punctured car would show that you are really dedicated to your work and may leave an impression of a good experience with you to choose you again. It’s the old Boy Scout motto: Be Prepared!”
8. Overdo Is Out Of Trend
The way you edit your images can turn an image with great potential into something that looks completely beyond amateur. When a photographer over edits an image by over-sharpening, over-saturating, increasing or decreasing contrast too much or trying to fix a blurry image by taking away clarity and making it too soft, it creates a more unrealistic looking image.
Focus more on your shooting technique and be more selective during the culling process as to which images to edit and apply to retouching only in a way that enhances and compliments your subject. This way you will save both time and space.
9. Move Around & Interact
Keep moving and interacting to find new perspectives, you need to experiment with some new positions. Come up with some new angles for your next photo shoot and watch your photos come to life in a whole new way.
Most new photographers are afraid to get close to their models, but if you try holding your camera closer than usual, you’ll be surprised by the quality of the shots you get and will allow you to capture a unique expression on their face. Don’t be anxious or stressed. The more casual you are, the more your brain will function in order. Interact leaves a good impression too.
10. Kill The Stress (If Any)!
If you get into a situation where your photos are not working, don’t panic. Think logically about it. In most cases, it is going to be your aperture, shutter speed or ISO. Just take the time to think about them and check the settings. You will work it out.
Always have faith in yourself that you are good at what you are doing. Hold onto that and work accordingly. Don’t panic or be stressed by over-thinking. You will be good in your own way.
11. Timings & Locations
A shoot is all about the proper timing of natural lighting and choice of locations after talking about the subject and your style. As a photographer, it is your duty to have a knowledge on the facts of proper timing of sunrises and sunsets of any location to make sure you get the lighting effect you want to show in the pictures.
Interacting with your clients can get you in accountancy to what kind of shoot they are accepting to make it easy for you to list down some locations accordingly. This way you will be more comfortable with the client even before the shoot as this interaction or kind of discussion would build a rapport between you and your client. With proper timing and a good selection of location, you can accomplish your goal of photography style implying to satisfy your clients to the utmost level.
Have fun! Work hard! And stress less, focus more. You will be good to go when once you know what to be prepared for and what to be careful about. Good planning and dedication can take you a long way.