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Top 10 Mistakes Beginners Make

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COMMON MISTAKES

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There are a number of initial mistakes that almost everyone will make when learning. With the advantage of digital photography you can overcome these and start taking striking photos.

 

Take Time to Compose Your Shot

 

Like traditional analog photography, good digital photographs rely on basics such as good composition. Many of the techniques of film photography apply to digital photography as well. Strive to get the best possible shot; don't expect to correct your mistakes later with image-editing software.

 

Get Close

 

Most photos miss the mark because the photographer did not get close enough to his subject. Your objective should be to fill the frame. This will result in photos that are better composed and provide more visual information to work with when you edit your images with your computer. Walk nearer to your subject or zoom in for tight framing. A closer shot creates a greater sense of intimacy. When shooting vertical images — people, buildings, trees — turn the camera for a vertical orientation and avoid empty space at the edges of the frame.

Beginning photographers often think they are close enough when they are too far away. This is because they concentrate and in a sense mentally zoom in on the subject instead of understanding that the picture will be exactly what is framed in the viewfinder.

 

Keep It Simple

 

Avoid clutter in your photos. To do so, change the angle of view or move closer to your subject. Aim for one strong focal point in your composition. Rely more on close-ups and simple compositions, and you will be pleased with the improvements in your photographs.

 

Experiment with Lighting

 

Try shooting at different times of day to see the effects on your subjects. Just be sure you are never shooting directly into the sun.

 

Plan Ahead for Action Shots

 

One way to avoid shutter lag is to prefocus the camera. If you can determine a spot where the action is apt to take place, such as the area around the goal at the end of a soccer field, you can prefocus on that area. Push the shutter button halfway down and wait for the action to occur. When you snap the photo, the shutter lag is reduced to only two- or three-tenths of a second.

 

On a digital camera, there is a delay after you press the shutter button (shutter lag) which can last as long as a full second. This lag is the result of the time used by the digicam to focus on the subject, calculate exposure, and adjust for proper color balance.
Avoid Stiff Portraits

 

When taking snapshots of a group of people, you'll get better results if they are involved in an activity or interacting with each other. Allow people to sit or lean against something so they will feel — and look — more relaxed. Be sure you are not catching them squinting into the sun.

 

Use flash outdoors to eliminate shadows.

 

Avoid wide-angle distortion.

 

Do not center all your pictures in the frame. Use the focus-lock feature to avoid this problem: Focus initially on people at the center but then move the camera to create a better composition.

 

Partial images can be very dramatic. Shoot close-ups or crop to provide interesting images.

 

At night, turn off the autoflash and use a tripod for better images.

Image-editing software is a great tool, but it will never replace a good photographer. Think about the composition when setting up a shot.

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