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5 Common Photography Mistakes and How to Fix Them

5 Common Photography Mistakes and How to Fix Them

You may not be a professional photographer, but wouldn’t it be nice to be able to take pictures that look just as amazing? There are ways to do so with a little know-how. Having the ability to take ideal images the first time around, rather than spending time retaking and re-uploading, only to settle for mediocrity can be frustrating. When it comes to how you approach photography, you may be making fairly simple mistakes that you are simply not aware of. Here are five common photography mistakes and how to fix them.

Distorted Photos

You may find that when you upload your photos that they have a distorted look to them. This is because the lens is placed at the widest setting, and oftentimes a wide-angle setting is considered a default setting. When taking portraits, the image will need to be higher than it is wide. When a wide-angle lens is set at default, especially when the subject is taken up close, it can be very unflattering.

Depending on your camera, you may have a portrait setting, or you can simply zoom in to create more of a flattened perspective. If you are using a compact camera that features a digital zoom, zooming in too closely can reduce your image quality. Either move closer to your subject or zoom in only partially to capture the best portrait photos.

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Motion-Blurred Photos

There is a trick to taking crisp, clean photos, even if you don’t have a tripod. Any shake to the camera can cause a distraction and the results will show in the blurry photos you take. Fortunately, a high-quality camera is equipped with the technology to keep camera shake nonexistent, but even if you don’t have the newest in technology, you can make it happen on your own.

Just be sure to raise your shutter speed, keep the camera very still when you take the picture, press the button to activate the shutter, but only press it halfway.[1] This will make the camera lock focus. Also, be sure the object you are taking a picture of isn’t moving, and if it is, then adjust and enable the autofocus feature, which many cameras have. If your camera has a continuous autofocus to capture moving images, this will be an ideal feature to use if your subject is moving.

Red-Eye

Many know the frustration of taking multiple pictures of an event or holiday gathering only to later see your loved ones with glowing, red eyes. Yes, there are picture editing programs to help diminish the red eye; however, sometimes your subjects end up with a tiny black square in the middle of their pupils. In order to avoid having red eye in the first place, you need to avoid having the light from the flash reflect from the eyes and back to the lens.

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This is done by having your subjects look just a little away you’re your camera, rather than straight into the lens. They can look a little off to the side or at the wall behind you. If the angle is larger away from the camera lens, red eye can be avoided. Fortunately, many advanced cameras, or even today’s point and shoot cameras have automatic red eye reduction. Just be sure you know your camera and know how to activate the feature.

No Clear Subject in the Photo

Focus on your subject. Improper focus is one of the reasons why your photos are not sharp.[2] Often, when we snap pictures of people, animals, or objects, we know what we are looking at when we take the image. We also know what we want people to see. However, once the picture is uploaded and others view it, their eyes may be tempted to look at other things in the image, rather than the one thing you focused on. How we see our important subjects in our photos is not how the camera may capture them.

Here is what you can do to ensure you are taking a picture of the one person or thing you want people (or yourself) to notice the most.

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  1. First, get closer.
  2. Avoid trying to capture everything in one photo by standing too far away.
  3. When you move closer to the object or person, look at the background and the sides through your camera and pay attention to what is in the viewfinder.

Too much distraction will take away from the one person or thing you are focused on and want others to focus on once the picture is uploaded.

Not Knowing Your Camera

Every camera has differences and similarities and it is important to know what to look for when buying a camera and understand what each feature entails and how it can work for you in terms of better picture quality. Taking the time to thoroughly read the manual, researching what terms you don’t understand, and practicing taking images by using each feature will really help in the long run. Performing these actions will also give you more confidence when capturing those all-important images without becoming frustrated with less than desirable results.

Taking ideal images, even when starting out with a new camera, takes a little patience, time, and practice. It can be done, though, and it will be time well spent, as you will reap the rewards of having amazing photographs for years to come!

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Featured photo credit: Benjamin Combs via unsplash.com

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Last Updated on December 18, 2020

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Technology has taken a vantage leap in providing solutions for man. Before now, technology used to appear complex and would require a great deal of expertise to handle solutions available. Today, we have technology applicable in the simplest human activities as smart products with intelligent algorithms powering them as they make error-free judgments and provide intelligent and analytic solutions.

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