Photography Myths You Must Know

By : Ana Margarita Olar |

Because of the trend set by technology, and the influence of social media, many people think that anyone with a camera can be a photographer. If you are a photography newbie, try to shake off these myths:

  1. Anyone who owns a camera can become a photographer.

Although we believe that everybody has potentials, not all who can handle a camera can shoot a perfect photo. It takes more than handling the camera to capture a perfect portrait. You need to master the camera, practice the techniques; get inspirations from a pro and most of all have a deep passion for photography.

  1. The higher the megapixels, the better the image.

People often think that having a lot of megapixels is the key to having a good image. Manufacturers continue pushing the megapixels of up to 36 or even more, but this is because it is used in different aspects of photography such as astrophotography. If you are shooting for a billboard print ad or you want to make a huge mural, then you can aim for higher megapixels.

  1. You should always take horizontal shots.

As a basic photography rule, the horizon should be horizontal most of the time because that is our natural eye view of the surroundings: perpendicular to the surface. But when strictly applied, horizontal lines apply gravity to an image and remove the essence of motion from it. Motion, if used well, adds a dynamic to an image. You just need to be patient and spend some time on how to use diagonal horizon line to add life to your

  1. In photography, there are one standardized camera settings that allow you to take perfect pictures every time.

Even if two photographers have the same camera settings, it doesn’t guarantee that they will both get a perfect shot. Aside from camera settings, there are other things to consider such as light, angle, and other conditions to capture a perfect photo.

  1. Always place the subject at 1/3 point.

This is also one of the golden rules in photography where you divide the frame into horizontal and vertical thirds and place your focal point at one of the intersections. But, you can slightly bend this rule and try to place the horizon nearly at the edge of the frame. If done for effect, placing your focal point near the edge can have a beautiful effect. Near far relationships is also important as left and right, top and bottom.

  1. Photography documents reality.

Again this is not true. A scene can be photographed from various angles and directions. The photographer can choose where to point the camera and choose which the exact moment to preserve. And the photograph can be interpreted differently based on what the audience perceived.

These are some myths about photography. Still want to pursue your passion? Then study, practice, master your craft, but don’t be too rigid about the rules and capture that perfect shot.