20 August 2009

Common photography mistakes from beginner photographer

Catching a common photography mistakes is a norm for many amateur photographer. It just happened without realizing it until someone pointed it out. This has happen to me and I have seen it happen to many of my friends.

There’s nothing wrong in making mistaken as this is part of the learning process, but sometime it can be quite humiliating as this mistakes are so silly.

So here are some common photography mistakes that worth to pay some attention to so that you can avoid doing it.

1. Tilted horizon.
If you are photographing a scene where the water meets the sky, keep the horizon horizontal. A tilted horizon will make your picture looks like falling at one side. To ensure that the horizon is always flat and not tilted, check the left and right side of the viewfinder to ensure that the distance is the same. If your camera has the option of turning on a grid, use it.

2. Out of Focus
Don’t be too hurry is pressing the trigger; make sure the camera has the right object in focus. Try to perform a few more auto focus capturing by half press the trigger. Once you are sure that the focus is right, fully press the trigger button. Always review the images to ensure that your object is sharp and crisp.

3. Not understanding your equipment
This is one of the most important think a photographer need to do and yet omitted by many. Digital camera now a days is becoming more and more easy to use and many amateur just don’t spent enough time understand it. For example, there are multiple mode of metering and each mode gives difference result. There are matrix metering, spot metering and center weighted metering. Understanding each of this function can help improve correct and desirable photo exposure.

4. Put the object at the center.
This is the most common mistake one photographer will do, placing your object right at the center of the field. One reason that contributes to such mistake is that the focus spot of a camera is usually at the center. Learn the rule of third and use it to make your composition much more interesting. However one may ask, how do I focus my object when it is not at the center? Well the simplest way to do it is to lock your focus when the object is at the center of the view. Once the focus is lock, move your camera and start compose your photo. If your camera have more then one focus spot, select the one that closest to the objects.

5. Wrong resolution setting
To make sure your photos turns out shape and details, the resolution set in your camera is very important. The higher the resolution quality, the better is your image quality. If your camera allows, save all images in RAW files at this allow better editing and white balance correction when editing. There are more options in editing from RAW files then standard JPG files.

The above 5 are commonly found mistake that will make a good photo look disastrous. Knowing it and avoid doing it will help in improving your photography quality.

Off cause there are also other less common mistakes that can be avoided and techniques that can help you producing better photo images. For those who want to learn even more digital photography techniques, check out the free report, "Shoot Digital Pics Like the Pros." It's a short but info-filled guide that will have you shooting digital pictures like a pro in no time.

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