Photography for Beginners – 4 Mistakes to Avoid


Filling Up Your Memory Card Too Fast   

As a beginner photographer, I took pictures of everything. Not knowing which one I would choose later when looking back at them. My mind set was that there was not a limit on how many to take because if I miss the moment then I couldn’t go back to take that picture so I took hundreds. Later leaving me with millions of pictures that looked exactly the same just a little different, leaving me with pictures that I would never use later.

My solution to having too many pictures, was reviewing my pictures during the shoot. Deleting the ones that didn’t have that wow factor knowing that even after they were edited they still didn’t make a great picture. This way when that AMAZING photo opportunity comes around you have space on the memory card, while reviewing your photos remember to zoom in reviewing the quality of the picture.

Messy Compositions

When first stating off a common mistake we make is wandering around for hours looking for that breath taking picture that we think looks amazing now and when we review it later and it turns out to be a terrible photo.

Composition is the language of art. The secret of composition is not supposed to be visibly right away. Composition gives that attraction that keeps us coming back for more. Without composition, there are simply too many elements leaving the photo with an unbalanced structure.

Learning how to properly composing a photo early in your photography career, you start to build Images that are attractive to the audience.

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Learning your camera when you first start is a MUST. Working with something you know nothing about is one of the hardest things I have done. I had to learn the ins and outs of my DSLR Camera before I started taking amazing photos. When I first stated I had no idea what I was doing and how it would affect my photos.

I learned about The Exposure Triangle, and it changed my world. The Exposure Triangle is the relationship between: Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO. Each of these settings does something different for our photos, knowing and understanding what they do and how to manipulate them can make a difference in our photos.

Aperture is the diameter of the len’s opening, which allows the light to enter changing the depth of the field. Shutter Speed is the speed the shutter will open and close allowing light to hit the sensor and ISO is the higher quality the image will be.

Once you determine what effect the change do to your photos:

1. Set the appropriate setting (Aperture, shutter, ISO) to accomplish the effect;

2. Adjust your ISO to the lowest setting;

3. Adjust the third setting to balance the exposure

Blurry, Blurry Photos   

I don’t know about you but when I first stated using my new camera, I learned about Auto Focus and it was the best thing in the world, until… I found out the TRUTH.

More than half the time my pictures was focused in the wrong place, that’s because Auto focus guesses what the subject is and doesn’t really know what we are trying to focus on. We have to think to ourselves, how does the camera know what kind of picture we are taking, is it a still life, a portrait, does it have action, could it be landscaping?

My suggestion is to learn what the different modes are and what they contribute to your photos. The following is a quick scoop on what they are and how they work:

1. Manual Focus

With Manual Focus you are 100% in control of the image, where the focus points are and how the end result will be. This is great with landscape, macro and still life photography, using precision focusing.

2. Continuous Focus (AF-C)

With Continuous Focus you don’t have to guess where the picture is going to be focused on because it continues to focus on the area that you have picked out even while holding the shutter button half down. This is great for moving subjects.

3. Single Focus (AF-S)

Unlike Continuous Focus, if you move the camera to recompose your image, your focus will continue to adjust. This helps in its ways because you don’t have to worry about having unfocused pictures, keeping a clear photo. Single Focus is recommended for portraits and still life photography, locking the focus to the subject. ***When moving closer or further away from your subject will cause you to refocus your camera.


It may not seam all that important to know your camera now, but in the end you will thank yourself for taking that time to learn what you can. In the future you won’t have to stop and think about what you should do next because soon it will be as easy as breathing, you won’t even have to think about it, it will become a habit and your photos will come out looking more amazing than before. Take a moment to get to know your camera modes, composition, and The Exposure Triangle.

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