Here’s the thing:
There’s something amazing about getting your first camera especially if you have been dying to get your hand on one for a long time.
You then start taking your first photos only to realise later that most of them have come out bad!
Like the photo, I included in my very first post.
Now having got my very first DSLR I was excited to get my hands dirty on a trip to Goa with my friends. I ended up clicking photos every opportunity I got, out of which came this photo which I was very proud of.
But here’s what happened:
In the excitement of capturing a memorable moment, I forgot to check the settings on my camera which resulted in an underexposed photo (one of the reasons for the B/W treatment 😃).
This is the precise reason why I thought of listing out such common beginner photography mistakes and the following 6 based on my experience are the ones most people tend to make, check them out.
6 Common Beginner Photography Mistakes are as follows:
Scene Out of Focus:
In this case, you click the photo only to find that the entire scene is out of focus.
This can happen mainly if you have a manual focus lens or are using the manual focus on an autofocus lens without actually using the focus ring.
On any lens, there are 2 rings-one used for zooming in and out and the other a smaller easy to miss focus ring. I sure did not notice the focus ring the first few times I switched from autofocus to manual.
What’s the bottom line?
Preferably keep the lens focus on Autofocus in case if your lens has such an option, at least until such time you have a fair bit of understanding of focus.
Subject Out of Focus:
In this case, the subject which is being captured is completely out of focus instead the background is sharp and in focus.
Now again this might be one of two things…
Due to the photographer not using the Manual focus properly or
As a result of the Autofocus system focusing on the background.
So what can be done?
The best solution I have found for this is to practice taking photos using both Manual as well as Autofocus. Simple.
Another point to remember when using Autofocus- use Single point Autofocus. This helps the camera focus on the subject you select using the focus point in your camera viewfinder.
In this case, the resulting photo is too bright or blown out as it’s usually called. This happens due to excess light entering into the camera and hitting the camera sensor.
This would usually be as a result of incorrect camera settings.
So how do you remedy this?
You can either try to recover such images in post-processing software such as Lightroom or Photoshop but the best way is to practise getting the camera settings such as aperture, shutter speed, ISO right based on the available light in your scene.
As can be seen, the resulting photo is too dark or underexposed.
This would happen due to multiple reasons…
…from using incorrect camera settings which results in insufficient light entering the camera making the image dark.
Again for such images, you can either try to recover such image in post-processing software such as Lightroom or Photoshop but the best way is to practise getting the camera settings such as aperture, shutter speed, ISO right based on the available light in your scene.
This is a simple case of the resulting image having camera shake or appearing blurred as a result of the camera not being held steady when the photo was taken.
How do you get this right?
The solution to this is to practice holding the camera as steady as possible, using a tripod or placing the camera on a solid surface to take the photo.
One may encounter this during Low light photography since the camera tries to compensate for the low light by using slow shutter speeds in order to properly expose the photo
This one irritated me a lot in the beginning…
Sometimes when you click a photo you end up having a crooked one where you might see that the horizon is not straight or some other structures are not straight.
The only way to handle this is to find a reference point in your scene and align your viewfinder grid (if the camera has that feature, mine does not) or the bottom part of the viewfinder with that reference point.
There is another way…
Using a post-processing software such as Lightroom or Photoshop each of which has a feature to improve your crooked photos.
As you go about taking pictures using your camera as a beginner or rookie you are bound to make many more mistakes than the ones mentioned.
These are just the top 6 beginner photography mistakes according to me which if taken care of early on will help improve the level of photography. If you want to have a handy checklist read my other post for a photography checklist.