Photography Mistakes and How To Avoid Them

photography mistakes

Mitzi Ilagan |

When you think that you have prepared what you need, you have reviewed everything  you need to know, and you have practiced for what you would have to do, some things still wouldn’t go your way. It’s normal that photographers would face photography problems, especially when they can’t control everything. When things go wrong as you are on photo shoots or casual photography sessions, here are tips which you can do to avoid photography mistakes in the future:

Blurred shots

Usually, these are caused by camera shakes or sudden movements. When you are using a slow shutter speed, you must be using a tripod to avoid blurred shots.

Out of focus shots


When this happens, you may have gotten too close to your subject or you may have not used the autofocus correctly. In order to correct this, peek on your viewfinder as you focus on your subject, and when using autofocus, make sure that you click the capture button when the camera focuses on your desired subject.

Red eye

This happens when the flash is too close to the lens and when the camera captures the light reflecting from the retina at the back of your subject’s eyes. To avoid this, move the external flash away from the camera when using a DSLR. Also, make the room brighter to avoid red eye. There are also anti-red eye functions on cameras which you can turn on.

Wrong framing

You should not always rely on what you see on the LED screen of your camera. Sometimes, looking into the viewfinder could help you adjust to your subject’s position or to the angle or frame that you desire. When shooting a big group, using wide-angle lens could distort the people on the sides. Try moving backwards so that you could include everyone, and use moderate zoom setting depending on the frame.

Underexposed pictures


This happens when there is not enough light in the scene or in the subject. To avoid this, you may adjust the exposure  using your camera or you could choose a less dim scenery. If you are using flash, you may be far from your subject. Using flash may not be advisable to use for landscapes.

Overexposed pictures


When there’s too much light, your photo may be overexposed. Your photo may look too bright and will lack in details. Try adjusting your camera’s exposure and use spot metering for guided shoots.

Unwanted objects in the background

When you’re shooting in a public, chances are, there will be unnecessary people or things around that may ruin the photo. This is one of the photography mistakes which some photographers ignore. You could edit those through Adobe Photoshop. There are lots of tutorials online so that you could remove those objects smoothly. If you could, try shooting from a different point of view to avoid those.

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