THE TOP TEN PHOTOGRAPHY MISTAKES TO AVOID

1:  NOT PAYING ATTENTION TO THE BACKGROUND

Pay attention to what is in the background. Sometimes we get so absorbed in our subject we forget to look at what is behind the subject that may detract from the main focus such as a dog raising it’s leg to relieve himself.

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2:  NOT THINKING ABOUT LIGHTING

Lighting is key to making the subject pop. Focus on natural light that is not too harsh and will complement the subject.

3:  AVOIDING CANDID SHOTS

Don’t make the mistake of trying to have everything be perfect and ending up with a sterile image. Many times the unguarded candid shots are the best at capturing true emotion.

4:  SHOOTING RIGHT INTO THE SUN

A lot of beginners think that taking photos with bright light behind your subject is great but it is generally a big no-no unless you are trying to create a dramatic effect. Your camera’s exposure system will see the bright light and compensate making the subject too dark. Always try to have the light source to the side or in front of the subject.

5:  NEVER ZOOMING IN

Most photos are taken from too far away and have to be cropped resulting in a loos of quality. When composing your image use the zoom lens on your camera for the most pleasing composition. If you don’t have a zoom simple move closer to the subject. Fill the frame with important elements and leave out anything that is extraneous.

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6:  LEAVING THE LENS CAP ON

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7: PERFECTLY CENTERING THE SUBJECT

Avoid always centering the subject and ending with boring pictures. Instead use the “rule of thirds.” This guideline proposes that an image should be imagined as divided into nine equal parts by two equally spaced horizontal lines and two equally spaced vertical lines, and that important compositional elements should be placed along these lines or their intersections. By aligning a subject with these points  more tension, energy and interest in the composition is created than simply centering the subject.

8: NOT WORRYING ABOUT FOCUS

By all means, don’t “worry” about focus but certainly pay attention to the focusing system of your camera to make sure the auto system has indeed focused on the focus point. To be sue you can always use the manual focus  on your camera if it is so equipped.

9: BEING FRUGAL WITH YOUR SHOTS

Many years ago when most photography was done with film shooting too many pictures was a concern because of the cost involve. With the advent of digital photography that is no longer a concern. If the image is not up to your standards delete it. Shoot to your heart’s content. Shoot from a variety of angles, time of day, camera settings, etc. Explore, experiment. Find your “sweet spot” and never worry about taking too many shots.

10:STICKING TO THE SAME ANGLES

As in # 9 above, “Shoot from a variety of angles, time of day, camera settings, etc. Explore, experiment. Find your “sweet spot” and never worry about taking too many shots.

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This article is reprinted from the Fracture website http://www.fracture.com

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