Tired of deleting what seems to be every photo you take because they just don’t look good enough?
Are many of the photos you take blurry, too dark, or just plain ugly?
I am going to reveal to you five familiar photo mistakes and give you a simple solution to each of these problems that will make your photos look better.
Mistake #1- Even the Pros Make This Mistake
I was talking with a ‘pro’ photographer the other day and he told me something quite surprising. On his last shoot in the Alps, he took over 3,000 photos in a single day.
A lot of pictures, right? Kinda made me want to take more photos too. And that’s the mistake.
The biggest problem with beginner and amateur photographers is that they try to take too many photos.
Quantity will never beat quality.
The more photos you take, the less care you put into each photo. And the more mistakes you make.
The next four mistakes I reveal, with a simple solution provided, will help improve the quality of your photos.
Mistake 2- Treating Your Camera Like a Toy
It’s a hell of a lot easier to take a photo today than it was forty years ago. Are you making the familiar mistake of treating your camera like a toy?
The truth is that your camera is just like a gun. Both are used to shoot things, and both have to be fully loaded to work (you gotta use film or memory cards!)
The difference is that most people with cameras have no idea how to use their weapons! No wonder so many people ‘miss the target’ when trying to take good photos.
Like a gun ,you must AIM! And have a specific target.
Photographers that do not aim end up with photos with….
- Too many details or subjects in one photo
- Busy backgrounds that detract from the photo
- Far away shots that make it hard to tell what the photo is about
The solution to this problem is to aim at one particular target. And make sure the photo clearly shows that what you’re aiming at is the most important thing.
You can do this by moving closer to your target, using the zoom feature, and using a shallow depth of field.
What’s more, many photographers do have a target, and they do aim at the target, but make this next mistake.
Mistake #3: Converting Your Camera into a 1 Megapixel Piece of Crap
Even if you choose the right target to photograph and have a beautiful photo, if the image is blurry the photo is ruined.
There are a number of reasons for blurry photos. The common reasons include:
- Excessive arm movement and body shaking
- Moving the camera when pressing the shutter button
- Low light situations
- Using auto focus too frequently
The simple solution to blurry photos is to make sure your camera stays steady, and use manual focus.
Be sure you have plenty of light so that you do not need to hold the camera steady for too long. Lower light means your camera will take longer to take the image – if you move during this time, the photo will end up blurry.
If you can, use a tripod.
And try holding the shutter button half way before taking the photo. This will avoid shutter lag.
This is an easy mistake to correct, but the most common one…I still make it sometimes when I lose focus and try to rush my photographs.
Mistake 4: Images That Are Blindfolded (Or naked)
For most people with a camera, when you make this mistake, you simply delete the photo and take the shot again. But there’s a problem to that.
If you do this every time you take a photo, you end up spending more time deleting photos, than taking them!
The mistake I’m talking about is bad exposure – photos that are too dark or too bright. This ends up making your photos look like they were taken with a 1 megapixel cheapo camera from the 90s.
The causes for underexposed images usually are that the scene is too dark. Your camera tries to get the correct setting but cannot compensate for the low light.
Other reasons include being too far from the subject or using a shutter speed that is too fast.
The solution is to simply move closer to the light and/or subject. And adjust the shutter speed to a slower setting that captures more light. But be careful, this makes you more prone to mistake 3 above!
Bright light is usually the culprit when your photos end up whitewashed. This rarely happens indoors – usually it’s outdoors in bright settings.
The solution is to simply avoid taking photos in areas too bright. Look for shady areas. And try using the flash to even out the dark spots in the photo.
Avoid being in direct bright light or taking photos in harsh, high contrast light situations.
Now, this last familiar mistake is going to surprise you.
Mistake #5: Wishing Upon a Star
Even if you do not make any of the four mistakes above – if you take properly exposed images with good and isolated targets that are clear and in focus – you could still take boring, ‘whatever’ photos. There’s a reason why most photos people take are bad, and only a few are good- and even fewer are ‘great’.
Let me explain.
The biggest mistake beginners make in photography is relying on their own luck to accidentally take great photos occasionally. You know, the photos you take that make you admire your ‘luck’ and get pissed off at how all your other photos compare…
The truth is, luck has nothing to do with taking great photographs. The more you practice, the more fluent you are with your equipment, and the better you develop your photo eye, the more ‘luck’ you’ll start to have.