How to Avoid the Most Common Photography Mistakes

Beginners tend to make mistakes in photography and that’s okay. Everybody should have some room for learning anyway. As you go from beginner to advanced, you’ll learn many things that will certainly make you a way better photographer than how you started. 

Just like the wise men always say, it’s okay to make mistakes for as long as you’re learning something from them. But then, it’s better to learn how to avoid doing such mistakes in the first place. Read on to know what they are.  

Common Portraiture Mistakes 

Portrait photographer newbies tend to make a handful of beginner mistakes and you can avoid all of these by simply learning to do things like a pro. First off, you have to be mindful of how you place your subject inside the frame. Newbies tend to place a lot of space above their subject’s head. These empty spaces are useless and it may even decrease the quality of your photos. 

The background for portraits should be as plain as it can get. A background can only create distractions so make sure that there’s no a lot of things that are going on in the portrait. The trick that professional photographers apply is the use of a longer lens and use a gentle blur on the background.  

Lastly, portrait photographers should careful with their choice of shutter speed. Some people tend to move during a photo session and that’s going to create a lot of problem with your images. It’s important that you adjust the shutter speed of your camera to the temperament or personality of your subject. The idea is to get a picture that is as crisp and clear as it can get.  

Common Wildlife Photography Mistakes 

If you’re not into portrait photography and more of an outdoor photographer, then it pays to know a bit more about wildlife photography so you’ll capture the best photos. If you’ve taken a lot of outdoor photos lately, then you must already know that wildlife photography is quite unpredictable. You can’t really make a wild animal pose for you, right? Even so, you have to avoid some newbie mistakes to make your photos look like taken by a pro.  

First off, you should do your research well. You must have all the necessary information about your subject before you venture out to the wild outdoors. That means you shouldn’t just go out reading. You also are out there experiencing. Join wildlife excursions that would expose you to animals and how they act in their habitats. That way, you can somehow predict when the best time to take a photo of them is.  

Secondly, frame your subject properly. For wildlife shots, don’t frame too largely. Get a proportionate frame for your subject. If it is nearly impossible to get close enough, be sure that you have the proper tools to get a good zoom.   

Lastly, you should focus well. Not focusing will produce blurry photos. You certainly don’t want to waste your time taking shots that are less than desirable. If you’re not yet very knowledgeable in this area, practice on other animals. With adequate practice and exposure, it’s not impossible for you to become the best photographer in Ventura County.