Have you made any photo mistakes? I feel your pain, because I've taken my share of bad photos and made plenty of goofs relating to digital photography. No worries, help is one the way.
Here is a list of the most common photo mistakes people make. Below this list you will find detailed photography tips on how to avoid each of these photography blunders.
Blurry pictures and bad photo compositions are two of the biggest reasons why you are going to see a bunch of examples of bad photography.
Blurry Photos can occur from three main causes. The first reason many photos come out blurry is movement of the subject or of the camera during exposure. Sometimes is is only slight and the photo is only a little unsharp. This is very common mistake amateur photographers make with photos.
"You must learn from the mistakes of others. You can't possibly live long enough to make them all yourself."
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The second blurriness problem is usually caused by accidentally fooling the camera's auto focus. You're going to learn how to trick the auto focus into working the right way for you. The third cause of blurry photos is a dirty camera lens.
Monopods are probably one of the most useful yet under-used pieces of photography equipment. You can avoid some of the blurry photo mistakes if you learn how to use a monopod.
Here is a good example of bad photo composition. I set my coffee mug on my work bench in my office.
Simply by habit and without thinking, many photographers typically shoot pictures while holding their camera in a horizontal position. For this subject, this is Photo Mistake #1.
Another common mistake is not to fill your frame with your subject. The photograph on the right is a much better picture. The mug is vertical, so the vertical format looks much better. Zooming in closer also eliminated the distracting sunlight on the table and eliminated the excessive space around the mug. Learn more about better Photo Composition.
This is photo mistake #3.
Usually this is best handled by moving the camera or moving your subject to a different spot. In this photo of the dog, you can barely see her head.
There is poor visual separation of her head from the dark background.
In addition to that mistake, the green plastic and the wooden boxes are distracting in the background.
Learn how to look through your camera's view finder and observe the background in addition to just framing in your subject properly. Then, it's simply making an adjustment of your subject or your camera.
Look how much better this looks than the one up above. Same dog. Same back yard, just a different background and better lighting.
The next mistake made by photographers, Red-Eye Reflections is very common.
Red eye is caused by the reflection of light off the back surface of the eyeball. When it's dark, our pupils are dilated. This allows more light to enter the eye and reflect back out of the eye. This is a problem when the light is provided by the camera's flash. It reflects directly back to the camera at the same angle and appears red.
The blue line in the diagram below shows the light made by the camera's flash traveling to the subject. The red line is the reddish reflection from the eye heading back to the camera's sensor.
How to get rid of Red Eye Reflections
This mistake is made when you don't understand what each camera setting does. Many people take the easiest route and choose Auto or Program. This is okay if you want to be like everyone else.
If you want to take better digital photos, then learn what the camera settings do. Reading the your specific camera instructions before you start shooting is the smart thing to do. It's the best photo tip I can give you. For more information, go to: Digital Camera Settings
Even professional photographers are guilty of making mistakes when taking pictures. I know I have made many. If you want to know what my worst camera mistakes have been, click here: My Photography Mistakes
Pixelation isn't a real word but it does describe a typical photo mistake that amateurs make.
Pixelation occurs when you try to print a big picture from a small file.
In my opinion, you should never, ever use anything but the highest quality setting on your camera.
You can always reduce the size of a photo when you are doing your editing. If you use a reduced quality setting on your camera, you are ruining what may be a great photo for enlarging later.
The photo on the right of my model shows a lower quality setting. I re-sized it to have the same dimensions of the high quality photo on the left. Clearly a mistake to use a low quality setting.
The most common photo mistake involving exposure is usually underexposed images. The small built in flash units that come with point and shoot cameras are not very powerful.
Depending on those wimpy, under-powered flashes to get a good exposure can be a mistake. Camera accessories, like good Photography Lighting Equipment will take care of under-exposure.
In the under-exposed image below, the camera's auto-exposure mode was fooled by the very bright sky light and under-exposed the inside of the conservatory.
Another big photography-related mistake is using a bad photo for your LinkedIn profile picture. Here area a few simple, but very important Tips for LinkedIn Photos.
Also related are the LinkedIn Photo Mistakes people make and how many LinkedIn members don't even realize how much it's costing them to have a bad profile picture.
Explore this digital photo tips web site for answers to all of you questions on how to stop making mistakes and learn how to take better pictures.
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