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Digital Camera Mistakes that Lead to Disappointing Pictures

Digital Camera Mistakes that Lead to Disappointing Pictures

You may have the best digital camera money can buy, but simple mistakes can lead to disappointing results. Many people upgrading to a digital SLR camera for the first time find the results don’t live up to expectations, and this is often due to basic errors. Having the best digital camera doesn’t mean that your pictures will meet the standards of a professional photographer. Understanding the common mistakes most photographers make is a great way to improve your low quality photos.

Not learning all the functions of a camera
It’s essential that you take the time to read the instruction manual for your camera if you want to get the best results from it. The temptation is to take it out of the box and start shooting right away. You’ll miss out on important functions if you do this. Camera technology is improving all the time, and every new model offers additional tools and functions to help you take better pictures.

Shooting in automatic mode all the time
The best digital cameras can produce fantastic results in automatic mode, but you lose creative control unless you understand what settings are being selected. The best way to learn how functions like aperture settings influence the look of a picture is to switch to manual mode and experiment. It can also teach you a lot about photography if you shoot some pictures using manual focus mode. Taking control of your camera is a great way to give your pictures a more unique look and to avoid bad family photos!

The shaky frame
If you are ending up with blurry pictures and you’re not sure why, it’s probably because you’re using too slow of a shutter speed. When your shutter speed is too slow, the shaking of your camera can reduce the sharpness of your image causing blurry pictures. A rule of thumb to help avoid this is to use a shutter speed that is at least equivalent to the focal length of the lens you’re using. For example, if you’re using a 50mm prime lens on a full frame camera, the slowest shutter speed you can use without shake is 1/50 of a second. If your lens or camera has image stabilization, like found on the Nikon D850 from, you can shoot at three to five stops slower and still get a sharp image.

Shooting the same subject all the time
Each style of photography can teach you new techniques and approaches to the art. For example, you must be able to anticipate the right moment to press the shutter for sports and action photography to avoid low quality photos. Landscape photography can help you improve your composition skills. By experimenting with range of subjects you’ll see constant improvements in your pictures. Pushing the boundaries of your comfort zone is often the path towards eliminating low quality photos.


Relying on a zoom lens for every shot
Zoom lenses offer great flexibility, and they allow you to fill the frame and create an impact in your pictures. However, the same results can be achieved by moving closer to your subject to avoid bad family photos. Prime lenses generally produce much sharper pictures than zooms avoiding blurry pictures, and they offer wider aperture settings. One of the major advantages of a digital SLR camera from is the ability to change lenses, so you don’t have to rely on a zoom lens all the time to help avoid low quality photos. 

With these tips, you can jump to a level of control over your camera. This control will help to avoid low quality photos including the usual bad family photos!
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