Pocket Guides - Top 10 Camera Mistakes Sneak Peak
Whether we’re professionals or amateurs, at some point we've all made mistakes that could have been avoided if we’d taken the time and attention needed when shooting photos. We don’t have to make these needless mistakes though. We can avoid these by following a few small tips.
Here’s a sneak peak at my tips for avoiding the top 10 camera mistakes!
We can’t all claim to have the steadiest hand when it comes to taking photos. If we’re utilising longer shutter speeds, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to keep the camera perfectly still whilst it does its work. You may also be experiencing camera shake due to longer focal lengths. Remember, the longer the focal length, the more sensitive it is to camera shake.
Rule of Thumb - Focal Length = Equivalent shutter speed min (e.g. 200mm-1/200 sec)
There are a number of ways you can combat this problem though. You could change the ISO to a higher number although you should remember that your images will have more grain. Opening the aperture up to a larger F-stop/larger hole is also another way you could handle camera shake and blurry photographs.
Purchasing a tripod is something I recommend to all my students as you have greater control over your camera and can make those sharper shots. That’s not all though, there are many other reasons why using a tripod is beneficial to photography.
Not Reviewing Your Shot
The worst thing that can happen to a photographer is spending a whole day shooting, then arriving home and realising your shots aren't as good as you thought they were. They won’t be in the right focus, they’ll be blurry or the angle will be completely wrong. This is why reviewing your shots on site is so important. What’s great about this particular problem is that it’s a really easy one to fix as all it takes is a little extra time and attention paid to your shots.
Make sure to check the back of your camera to analyse every shot as soon as you take it. Whilst checking your photos, use the zoom-in feature to review the sharpness, depth of field/focus and composition. If you’re unhappy with it you’re still in the same set up and position, allowing you to take the shot again.
Remember to delete any images you’re not happy with so your memory card doesn't get overrun by photos you’ll never use.
Not Deleting Shots In Camera
As mentioned above, deleting shots you’re not happy with will free up vital memory space on your camera and removes the struggle of sifting through too many photographs when you get home. If you have multiple versions of the same shot, you’re not going to feel like going through the painstaking process of analysing every single one at once.
I’d recommend keeping 2 or 3 of the same shot that were taken with different settings so you can compare and contrast, seeing which settings work best for the kind of photo you’re aiming for. Don’t wait until you get home to delete shots, look at your photos as soon as you've taken them and if you’re not happy, delete them there and then.
Deleting shots on site will save you time and encourage you to be more meticulous about checking your work.
These are just three mistakes that can be avoided by following these easy tips and guidelines. I cover 10 mistakes in total in my first pocket guide, Top 10 - Camera Mistakes. These pocket guides are great to take on the move in case you need that little bit of guidance during your shoots. There’s 7 pocket photography guides in total with 3 more on the way and are all filled with useful titbits of advice.
I look forward to seeing how these tips can help you improve your photography skills!