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5 CRITICAL MISTAKES MOST BEGINNER PHOTOGRAPHERS MAKE

Its time to pick up that camera you have tucked away, dust it off and finally learn what all those buttons are for. Don’t worry because we’re here to help, here are five mistakes you definitely want to avoid making as an amateur photographer.

1. UNEVEN HORIZON ACROSS AN IMAGE

Now it may not be obvious at first, but once you go back to look through your pictures and see it, you can’t help from seeing it again. So many people are taking pictures unaware of how uneven they look. So first and foremost make sure you have your horizon dead straight across the center of your image. You can also go back later and adjust the picture using an editing software. Crooked horizons are very easy to spot and can completely ruin an otherwise possibly stunning photograph.

2. NOT UNDERSTANDING HOW TO SET WHITE BALANCE

Another mistake seen quite often is a complete misunderstanding of white balance. White balance is the metering that you set in your camera to set the color temperature of your images. Now the color temperature comes from your main light source, that could either be sunlight or it could be a tungsten light or fluorescent bulb, anything that can serve as a main light off of which to set the white balance on your camera. That way you’ll get truly accurate whites and colors across the board with your images and you won’t end up with your pictures looking too warm or unnaturally discolored. To set your white balance go into settings or look at your camera, you may have a button labeled WB.

3. BLURRY OR UNSHARP IMAGES

It’s incredibly important to get your images to be as sharp as possible. Having a blurry or unsharp look can ruin even the best of photos. To avoid this you can either shoot with a faster shutter speed, maintain a steadier posture, use a tripod or even use a higher ISO if you’re in low-light situations. Another thing to take note of is the way that aperture plays into the depth of field and sharpness of images. The larger your aperture, the less you actually have in focus, occasionally resulting in some parts of your photo being in focus while other parts are blurry. Simply use a smaller aperture or set your focus correctly on what you wish to capture. 

4. LACK OF SPACIAL AWARENESS WITHIN COMPOSTION

Finding a great composition can be really hard and is often a painstaking process, however it really all comes down to your special awareness, many people aren’t fully aware of the scene that they’re capturing. They don’t realize that just a small adjustment can actually make a huge improvement on the image. For example, when photographing people, some will make the mistake of cropping them in an uncomfortable way, like at the top of their heads or at their ankles or knees. Maybe you’re taking a picture of a tall building and you crop off the top of it so it looks a little strange. Or possibly you’re trying to capture something symmetrical but you have it slightly off-center. Spatial awareness in your images can make a huge difference.

5. NOT SETTING THE EXPOSURE CORRECTLY

This is incredibly common, some are unaware of how to properly set the exposure on their camera. Don’t be afraid to play with the ISO on your camera to get the perfect shot. Also be aware of your surroundings, like the highlights, shadows, and reflections in your environment, because those can all impact your final outcome and affect your images exposure. Most importantly pay attention to the light meter that is found in your veiwfinder, you want to get that meter as centered as possible by adjusting your settings, once it’s centered that means you are going to have a perfectly exposed image.