Make Sure You Avoid These Common Mistakes!
Even if you’ve been photographing for a while already these tips will come in handy in almost any situation. This list on Digital Camera World will show you 35 things that could be the reason why some of your photos didn’t turn out as good as you thought they would.
Not finding a point of interest
Photos can end up looking like snapshots if you don’t give them a focal point. If there are too many elements in a picture that aren’t working in harmony, the viewer’s eyes will wander around the shot looking for something to latch onto.
One technique is to use the ‘rule of thirds’ to position the subject – this is particularly effective when the focal point is small in the frame. Another trick is to frame a shot so that there’s an odd number of elements, as this tends to result in a more balanced composition.
Not making the most of Auto ISO
While some photographers turn their noses up at the thought of using Auto ISO, concerned that the camera will opt for a sensitivity that’s unnecessarily high for the conditions, it’s actually very useful.
The Auto ISO function can be tailored so that the camera is unable to push the ISO higher than a sensitivity you’ve dialled in, and you can also set the minimum shutter speed you need, improving your chances of taking sharp handheld photos.
It also adds flexibility in manual mode, enabling you to set a combination of aperture and shutter speed to give you the look you want, with the camera then adjusting the ISO to keep the exposure consistent as the light changes.
Getting sloppy with filters
We all know how important it is to keep filters spotless, but even highest-quality, highly-buffed filters will give duff results if they’re not used properly.
If you’re using a screw-on filter, then it’s important to fit a lens hood when you’re shooting in bright conditions, otherwise there’s a risk of internal reflections degrading the image.
It’s tougher to do this with a square filter system such as those from Lee and Cokin, as you’ll need a specialist lens hood.
Using your hand or your body to cast a shadow over the front of the lens is a good idea, but even then you can end up with ghosting – light reflecting from the surfaces of the filters and lenses – if the filter isn’t properly installed.
Always start with the slot nearest the lens; it’s easy to miss this if you’re shooting in low light or inclement weather.
Source: Digital Camera World