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With photography and image-based social media flourishing, there’s no better time to get into this amazing hobby. Although many people do just fine with little or no guidance, there are certain common mistakes which a lot of rookies run into. To give you a better start in the world of photography, you need to keep a keen eye out for these slip-ups. Here are three of the most widespread.
If you want to pursue photography as a career, then one of the worst things you can do is neglect to learn the jargon. I’ve met more than a few photographers who have a natural talent. Without playing with any settings or even glancing at the subject, they get shots which make even the blandest scenes look incredible. With some of these protégés, I’ve been totally shocked at how little technical knowledge they have. A good photographer is a good photographer, but if you want to pursue it academically, do some homework. You don’t want to be the only person in your class who’s never heard of aperture, do you? In this digital age, all the materials are just waiting for you. This site is a great place to start.
Another big mistake to avoid is not getting the right gear. If you’re a novice, you might be stuck in the attitude that all 1080p shots are the same. Yes, the quality of two shots with no filter may be a little hard to distinguish now. Over time, your eye for detail will develop. Some masters among us can even look at an image and tell you straight away the brand of lens that was used! Smartphone cameras are becoming more and more sophisticated, but there’s still a lot of amazing kit you can buy. Before you pursue your photography seriously, do some market research and then go wild at a camera store. Having a professionally made camera will not only help you look the part, but give your shots a certain assurance of quality.
Many newbie photographers fail to choose interesting subjects for their shots. Others take a lot of shots without any subject at all! You can have an image that merges colour and light wonderfully, but without any focus or character to the shot, it won’t be anywhere near as potent. Every time you look through your viewfinder, remember to pay as much attention to form as you do to content. Other photographers might go crazy over the filter you used to take a shot of a brick wall. However, other photographers should never make up too much of your audience. Choose your subjects well, and worry about the form of your shot later.
Avoid these mistakes like the plague, and you’ll be a few steps ahead many other new photographers. There are other pitfalls to avoid, but steering clear of these is guaranteed to patch up the foundation of your technique. Don’t beat up on yourself if you notice bad habits. A big part of photography is trial and error. Try to make your next shot better than the last, and remember to have fun!