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Common Newbie Photography Mistakes to Avoid

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Dec 26
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When a person is beginning to take photos and has an idea that they want to work as a photographer they will have a few missteps along the way. Even the best photographers have made a mistake or two when they were first starting out. There are some common mistakes for beginner photographers to avoid. There are also some useful links for photographers to help avoid these mistakes.

Always Using the Automatic Camera Mode

Many of the modern cameras have an automatic mode. All a person has to do is find their subject, aim the camera at it, and click the button. Most people think this makes it easier for them to take pictures.

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While automatic mode can be easy to use, those new to photography should not use it. This does not allow the person to focus on their creativity or develop their skills. There are a number of different settings they need to learn and cannot do so on automatic mode.

Expensive Equipment Will Take Better Pictures

A new photographer may think that they have to have the most expensive camera and the most expensive equipment in order to take a nice picture. While a good camera is needed, a person has to have the skills to use all the advanced features on the camera.

A person should start off with the basic features on a camera before they purchase a more complex one. They need to understand the basics of taking pictures and mastering this before adding on additional features.

Not Experimenting

Many people get into photography because they want to express their creative side. Beginning photographers often take a standard photo and do not take a risk. Risk taking is part of being a great photographer. A person should not be afraid to try new things and take pictures with a new twist. Creativity is very important in photography.

Taking Blurry Pictures

Blurry pictures happen from time to time but there are some ways a photographer can avoid taking pictures that are blurry. They need to find the correct spot on their subject to focus the camera. The speed of the shutter needs to be increased when they are taking a picture of something in motion. They also need to learn to have a steady hand when they are taking the picture.

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Using the Flash

A photographer needs to learn how to use the flash correctly. Many people do not know when they should turn on the flash and when the flash should be turned off. When taking pictures of objects that are a distance away the flash should be off. Many people think that when taking pictures at night the flash should be turned on. If the flash is used at night it actually reduces the quality of the pictures.

These are some common mistakes that new photographers make. In order to be successful in photography, a person has to learn all the features of their camera and how it works. They should also get in touch with their creative side which can lead to some great photos.