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Tag Your Friend Who Always Makes These 30 Photography Mistakes

Tag Your Friend Who Always Makes These 30 Photography Mistakes

Taking a photograph can look deceptively simple. We all have had trouble getting the perfect shot, and some of the time, we end up with images that do not do justice to our memories. Once more, we all have friends who post photographs on Facebook and share photographs with us on WhatsApp that leave a lot to be desired. Here are 30 photographic mistakes that you and your friends are all likely to have made at one point or another.

1. When you take an action shot, try to photograph the moment in a way that makes it comprehensible.

action

    2. If you photograph a portrait with glasses, try to avoid reflections.

    avoid glasses reflections

      3. When you photograph a person in black clothing, try to photograph them against a white background.

      black on white

        4. When you take a picture, it is best to hold the camera straight.

        camra straight

          5. When you take a picture of a child, try to photograph them from their eye level.

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          child

            6. Color photographs should not look too green.

            color no green

              7. When you photograph in-color, the colors should be bright and visible.

              color vs black and white

                8. When you take digital photographs, try to make sure that the photographs are large in size so the quality is not lost when you print or share them.

                digital photography

                  9. Try to avoid dust and scratches on your camera lens.

                  dust and scratches

                    10. When you photograph, don’t forget to pay attention to the exposure.

                    exposure

                      11. When you take a picture, try to make sure your finger doesn’t get in the way.

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                      finger

                        12. When you take a photograph of a person in a dark place, it is best to use the flash.

                        flash

                          13. When you take a picture of a subject, don’t forget to make sure it is in focus.

                          focus

                            14. When you take a landscape picture, try to avoid disruptive elements which may partly or completely cover the view.

                            landscape

                              15. When you take a picture, hold the camera still through the length of the shutter opening and closing to avoid multiple exposure.

                              multiple exposures

                                16. When you use your flash, try not to over expose the foreground.

                                overexpose

                                  17. When you photograph a person standing in the street, try to avoid people who are passing by as they may partially or completely block the subject from view.

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                                  passers by

                                    18. When you take a portrait photograph, make sure that the person is in focus.

                                    portrait focus

                                      19. When you take a portrait photograph, make sure that the skin tone of the person looks natural.

                                      portrait skin tone

                                        20. When you take a portrait photograph, it is best to get close to the subject.

                                        portrait

                                          21. When you take a portrait photograph, try to avoid red eye, which can be caused by flash.

                                          red eyes

                                            22. When you take a picture of a runner, try to use a fast shutter speed and plenty of light so that the runner is clearly visible.

                                            runner

                                              23. When you take a photograph, try to avoid photographing your own shadow.

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                                              shadow

                                                24. When you take a photograph, try not to shake the camera.

                                                shake camera

                                                  25. If you take a picture in sunny weather, it is better not to photograph towards the sun.

                                                  sunny weather

                                                    26. Try to avoid photographing subjects from too close.

                                                    too close

                                                      27. Try to avoid too high saturation.

                                                      too high saturation

                                                        28. If you take a picture of your T.V. try to avoid black lines and reflection.

                                                        TV

                                                          29. When you take a photograph, take care to choose the right format: vertical or horizontal.

                                                          vertical and horizontal

                                                            30. Try to photograph still-life settings in a way that ensures all the elements are clearly visible.

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                                                              Last Updated on July 10, 2020

                                                              How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                                                              How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                                                              We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

                                                              We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

                                                              So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

                                                              Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

                                                              What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

                                                              Boundaries are limits

                                                              —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

                                                              Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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                                                              Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

                                                              Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

                                                              Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

                                                              How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

                                                              Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

                                                              1. Self-Awareness Comes First

                                                              Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

                                                              You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

                                                              To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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                                                              You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

                                                              • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
                                                              • When do you feel disrespected?
                                                              • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
                                                              • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
                                                              • When do you want to be alone?
                                                              • How much space do you need?

                                                              You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

                                                              2. Clear Communication Is Essential

                                                              Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

                                                              Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

                                                              3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

                                                              Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

                                                              That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

                                                              Sample language:

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                                                              • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
                                                              • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
                                                              • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
                                                              • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
                                                              • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
                                                              • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
                                                              • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

                                                              Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

                                                              4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

                                                              Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

                                                              Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

                                                              Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

                                                              We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

                                                              It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

                                                              It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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                                                              Final Thoughts

                                                              Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

                                                              Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

                                                              Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

                                                              The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

                                                              Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

                                                              Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

                                                              They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

                                                              Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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