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10 Common Photography Mistakes to Avoid

10 Common Photography Mistakes to Avoid

You just spent hundreds of dollars on your dream camera, took it straight out of the box as soon as you got home from the store, and started snapping pictures of everyone and everything in sight.  However, your images weren’t quite the professional quality you had expected from your ideal camera. Before you go blaming the camera and contemplate returning it, take a look at some of these common mistakes beginner photographers make.  Then once you correct these mistakes, you’ll fall in love with your new camera from and the photographs you’ll be able to create with it.
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  1. Thinking Having an Awesome Camera is Enough It’s true that cameras have come a long way, and you can create the most amazing images with a DSLR camera like the Nikon D3300 DSLR from by leaving it on auto mode.  But if you never take it off auto, you’re missing out on a lot. It is crucial to read all of the manuals and learn everything there is to know about your new camera and the different settings.
  2. Thinking Everything Should Be Centered One of the most common mistakes new photographers make is always centering the subject in the frame.  A good rule of thumb to use when photographing anything from portraits to landscapes is the Rule of Thirds.  Divide your frame u like a tic-tac-toe board and line up the subject on one of the third lines.
  3. Cutting Things Off It’s very common for newbies to cut off feet, tops of heads, tips of church steeples, or the tops of trees when first photographing.  Pay close attention when looking at your subject, and concentrate on fitting them into the frame.castle
  4. Not Paying Attention to Background When photographing people, it’s easy to focus so much on your subject that you forget to pay attention to what is happening behind them.  It is so important to avoid having objects in the background that will look like they are sticking up out of your subject’s head or
  5. Taking Photos from Same Angle Try to vary your shooting angles.  Instead of taking shots from the front, try sitting or lying on the ground looking up at your subject, or safely stand above them on a ladder or wall and look down.tree
  6. Photos Aren’t Sharp Controlling the sharpness of your photos and eliminating blur are critical elements of great photography. To help reduce the shake that comes with handheld cameras and achieve sharpness, your shutter speed needs to be at least one over your focal length.  This means if you were using a full frame camera with a 50mm lens, the shutter speed would need to be 1/50th of a second.  In lower lighting situations, you will need to raise your ISO to allow for faster shutter speeds and a smaller aperture to create sharper images.
  7. Too Far Away Whether photographing portraits or landscapes, get in close and capture what is important.eye
  8. Not Giving Your Camera Time to Focus Remember to allow time for the camera to focus once you have pressed the shutter release.  Cameras like the Canon Digital Rebel T5 from are fast, but not always fast enough.  Learn how to let the camera focus for you for the best shots.
  9. Never Using Flash Natural light can work well in many situations.  However, mastering the use of your flash will allow you to create light when it doesn’t exist and eliminate shadows while shooting under the mid-day
  10. Relying on One Lens Don’t be afraid to branch out and carry multiple lenses with you.  It’s better to move around and change your position a lot to get the right shots than to rely on a superzoom lens to do all of the work for you.orangeJust remember to have fun and enjoy your camera while learning everything you can about how to use it.  Your photography skills will improve as you learn from your mistakes while exploring the world around you.
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