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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 March 13, 2019

                                                              How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                                              How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                                              Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                                                              You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                                                              Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                                                              1. Work on the small tasks.

                                                              When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                                                              Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                                                              2. Take a break from your work desk.

                                                              Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                                                              Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                                                              3. Upgrade yourself

                                                              Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                                                              The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                                                              4. Talk to a friend.

                                                              Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                                                              Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                                                              5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                                                              If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                                                              Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                                                              Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                                                              6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                                                              If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                                                              Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                                                              Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                                                              7. Read a book (or blog).

                                                              The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                                                              Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                                                              Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                                                              8. Have a quick nap.

                                                              If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                                                              9. Remember why you are doing this.

                                                              Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                                                              What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                                                              10. Find some competition.

                                                              Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                                                              Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                                                              11. Go exercise.

                                                              Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                                                              Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                                                              As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                                                              Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                                                              12. Take a good break.

                                                              Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                                                              Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                                                              Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                                                              Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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