Learning Photography – The Five Mistakes You Should Avoid

Photography is an exciting and challenging hobby that is accessible to almost everyone who has an interest in it. The great thing about photography is that anyone can pick up a camera and start taking pictures, but if you choose to learn more advanced methods there can be a steep learning curve. However, there are a few common pitfalls that you may want to avoid so here is a list of the five most common mistakes.

Photo Equipment Overload!

With all of the photo equipment available, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all of the possibilities. Tripods, extra lenses, filters, darkroom gear, timers, lights, reflectors – the list is endless. However, without a solid foundation and a clear understanding of what your camera is capable of on its own, you’ll never be able to show true mastery of all of those accessories. Start off small with a basic digital SLR or a basic 35mm camera and only one lens. Once you’ve gotten comfortable with using your equipment and have goten some great shots, it’s time to start looking at some new accessories.

One Missed Shot

When you get started, you’re going to miss lots of shots. There will also be times when you get a shot but it turns out badly. For this reason, it’s probably a good idea to take every photograph at least twice. This will help you from missing an important picture and will also help you better understand the inner workings of your camera. In this day of digital photography, there is little additional cost in shooting hundreds of images compared to only shooting ten.

Don’t Use Your Flash

You don’t need it. An automatic flash can prevent you from properly learning how to handle complex lighting situations and sometimes even ruin your images. Turn your flash off and force yourself to adapt to environmental light using only your wits and your camera’s settings – you’ll be better for it in the long run. You can take pictures without a flash in almost any environment. All you have to do is be a little creative in how you use the light that’s available.

Fix Your Framing

Although you see it done commonly, you don’t need to center your subject in the center of the image. This can create unnecessary space in your pictures and make them less interesting. Picture the frame or viewfinder of your camera as a cropping tool so you’ll always compose exactly what you want in your picture. Good framing is something that doesn’t take long to learn and will improve your work for a lifetime.

Point and Shoot

Simple digital cameras with giant LCD screens on the back are certainly tempting, but if you’re hoping to learn about the art of photography and challenge yourself to improve, you’re probably not going to get anything out of one. Many beginners pick these cameras due to their convenience and affordability, which is absolutely fine if you’re only intending to use it for non-professional or artistic purposes. If you want to take great pictures and expand your knowledge of photography, you will need to have the right photo tools for the job.

Now that you know these 5 common mistakes, you can steer clear of them and focus your efforts on practicing and expanding your photography knowledge. The only things that are important are building good shooting habits and continually challenging yourself to do better – the rest will come over time. Just keep taking pictures every day and before you know it you’ll be creating images that you’ll be proud to display in your home or office.