Photography is an addictive art. People who spend a little time capturing different images in their cameras, usually fall inlove with this hobby. This is the reason why a large number of professional photographers were mere hobbyists in their initial days. Photography has also increased in popularity since high quality digital cameras with virtually unlimited options are now available much more easily as compared to a few years ago. Naturally, a lot more people are turning into full-time photographers and there are more photography blogs online than ever before as well.
However, despite having access to some of the most advanced digital cameras, many photographers still make mistakes that take the charm out of their photographs. Most of these mistakes are commonsense errors that occur due to carelessness and can be rectified with a little attention.
Here’s a list of 5 such mistakes that photographers commonly make, especially in their first few years.
1. Leaving the Lens Cap On
This is probably the most common mistake that almost every photographer on the face of the planet has made. And what makes it even more bizarre is the fact that most photographers do not realize that their lens cap is still on until they check it a few times. Everybody else, of course finds it quite funny. But the photographer himself looks rather dumb after making this mistake. A good way to avoid the embarrassment, of course, is to make sure that your lens cap is open before you get ready to take pictures.
2. Having an Empty Battery
Is there anything worse than getting your dream photography shot right in front of your eyes just to find out that you’ve run out of camera battery? As painful as it may sound, most photographers commit this mistake in their early years. The cause of this mistake, again, is negligence and carelessness more than anything else. As a photographer, you should always be on the look for opportunities to capture unique and interesting images in your camera. And for that to work properly, you’ll need to have your camera battery charged all the time. You can do that by carrying a couple of backup batteries with you. But if you don’t pay much attention, you might even find your backup batteries empty when you need them. Therefore, along with the backups, get your disciplines right as well.
3. Having a Completely Full Memory Card
While keeping your camera batteries empty is never recommended, the same cannot be said about the memory card in your camera. Having an overflowing memory card when you need to take your next shot is as bad as an empty camera battery. And the reasons behind this mistake are the same as well – carelessness and lack of discipline. However, this problem can be resolved by doing a couple of things. First of all, like the camera batteries, keep a backup memory card with you all the time. Secondly, make sure that your memory card has enough space to last for at leasta few weeks. Normally, an 8GB or 16GB memory card would be ideal if you’re a frequent photographer.
4. Taking Pictures from Too Close or Too Far Away
Even when you have your camera in perfect condition, it doesn’t always mean that you’re going to make good use of it as well. A common example is how photographers tend to take pictures from either too close or too far away from their target subject. While both of these mistakes are rectifiable, but taking pictures from too close is a bigger error than taking it from far away. The reason is simple. You can make up for the additional distance by using the camera zoom or by magnifying the image in an image editor. But not much can be done about the images that are taken from too close. Therefore, selecting the right distance for snapping your target subject is critical.
5. Taking Blurred Pictures
Most amateur photographers find it hard to keep their hands stable while taking pictures. This usually results in the pictures getting blurred. This also happens when pictures are taken on the move. Therefore the secret behind a clean picture, without any noise, is a stable camera position. This can be achieved by using a tripod stand or by placing the camera on a plain surface while taking the pictures. Another way of minimizing the effects of this problem is by placing your elbows at a plain surface or by holding the camera with all your fingers. In short, this mistake can be avoided by making sure that the camera is stable.