Seven Common Mistakes of a Beginner Photographer

Just like in any other profession, there are certain mistakes in photography that beginners tend to do when they are just getting started. However, these things are really common and they can be easily avoided. 

In this article we present seven common mistakes of beginner photographers and their solution. So come on in and enjoy the read!

Poorly adjusted white balance

The first thing that beginner photographers usually neglect is properly adjusting white balance settings on your camera in order to avoid blue and orange casts. Use manual white balance or different white balance settings depending on the weather.

And try reading our article on understanding white balance here.

Overexposed photo

Human eyes have the possibility to record almost all of the dark and white tones, but unfortunately cameras don’t. That’s why you will need to make sure that every photo is properly exposed and there are no white patches that are really annoying.

In order to see what’s overexposed on the photo, use the histogram. Learn to use it in our article.

Placing the subject in the center

Many beginners think that if they place the subject in the center of the photo, the shot will turn out awesome, which is not really true. In order to take great photos, try using rule of thirds.

Read about rule of thirds in our article here.

Focusing at the wrong spot

Viewers will only like the photo if at least one thing on it is as sharp as things we see in real life. This way the viewer will be able to submerge themselves into the photo.

Always make sure that you focus manually on the subject of interest on the photo and doublecheck the result after taking the picture.

Skewed horizon

This is the most common and typical mistake of all beginner photographers, which can be easily fixed. Simply try using grid and then fixing the horizon if necessary in Lightroom or any other photo editing software using crop tool.

Depth of field is too shallow

Remember that people see everything in 3D, but photos are solely 2D. That’s why you need to create this 3D feeling on every photo you make, except for the cases where the depth of field is deep, so that the viewer likes it.

Read our article on depth of field here.

Too many things on the photo

Nothing of too much is good. The viewer will probably get lost if they look at the photo that has too many things because they will not understand what’s important and what’s not.

Instead of capturing the whole thing in one shot, try to think what’s the most important in it, and take several separate pictures.

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