10 Beginner Mistakes to Avoid in Photography

Updated: Feb 7


1. Avoid Clutter and Distractions

Make sure there's a clear line on what the intention of your image is. You want to give the subject as much attention as possible and not have too much clutter or too many distractions that will draw the attention away from your subject.

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2. Equipment

Having the most expensive camera equipment is not what's going to make you a great photographer. You as a person will have to learn how to use a camera, basic settings, composition and editing. You have to practice and do your research. There will be a lot of trial and error in the beginning!

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3. The Standard Eye Level Angle

Play around with different angles to make your images stand out more. If you were to walk up to a building and take a photo from a centered position and with an eye level angle it's likely to make it look very flat and boring. Instead start moving around. When you start playing with angles like getting low, adding a foreground, viewing from a birds' perspective or moving around the subject you'll figure out what angle fits best regarding the image you want to create. Try to tell a story with the image!

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4. Learn the Basics

Learn camera basics and shoot in manual mode. If you only shoot on auto you'll miss out on so much. Also remember to check the settings you used the last time and change them for every scenario you encounter. Spend a lot of time understanding how to use your light sources to your advantage. Light can be super tricky but when you start to understand how to use it and even implement surronding items that can make shadows, different moods etc., it'll be the most amazing skillset of yours!

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5. Learn your Focus

Figure out how your focus works and how fast you are able to press on the shutter so that your images won't be out of focus.

6. Backup Data

It's a good idea to invest in a harddrive so you can save all your images. Remember to transfer your images from your memory card to your harddrive before you go out on a new adventure or photoshoot so that you are certain you don't fill it up and having to delete your old images. Invest in extra memory cards if needed. Harddrives are great to backup your images if you lose you memory cards, crashing your drone or destroys your laptop.

7. Turn the Camera

Don't always shoot your images the same way. Vertically/portrait mode and horizontal/landscape mode will give different moods to your images and it's important to understand when to use which and what you need them for.

8. Don't Panic!

More often than not panic will do you no good. If your images are either over- or underexposed and you haven't realised it straight away and let's say the sun is about to disappear - calm down and think logically! In most cases you'll realise you can fix it real quick by checking your ISO, aperture or shutter speed. You can also try to change up the angle of where the camera is pointing, it might make it brigther.

9. Don't Compare

Track your own progress and not others. No two people are alike and you should develop your own set of skills. Instead, compare your own progress over time.

10. "I don't need a tripod"

A tripod is always a great tool. You can use it in low light, at night or when using a slow shutter speed so that you won't get blurry images. Having a tripod can be a great way of exploring new ways of photography such as long exposures, timelapses and astrophotography and a good way to shoot photos of yourself if you are alone.

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