7 Mistakes You’re Making With Your Photos (and How to Stop)

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Mistakes are just part of being a photographer, particularly for beginners.

It’s a fact of life, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t work to minimize mistakes and take better photos.

And when it comes down to it, there are just a handful of photography mistakes that derail most people’s photos.

Here’s a look at 7 mistakes beginner photographers make and what you can do to avoid them.

Your Photos Lack Sharpness

Granted, sometimes you want blur in your photos, like the background of a portrait or the motion of a moving object.

However, before you can intentionally blur photos, you need to learn how to get tack-sharp ones.

The most likely culprit of your blurry images is camera shake.

Camera shake occurs for a couple of reasons – the natural movement of your hands and body as you hold the camera and a shutter speed that’s too slow.

In either case, using a tripod will fix the issue and give your camera the ultra stable base it needs to get sharp photos.

Another option is to adhere to the following rule of thumb: the shutter speed you use should be at least the inverse of the effective focal length.

That is, if you’re shooting with a 50mm lens and a full frame camera, dial in a shutter speed of at least 1/50 seconds (or a smidge faster to be on the safe side).

If you’re shooting with a 50mm lens on a crop sensor camera, you’d need to up the shutter speed to about 1/80 seconds. You can see what I mean in the video above by Moose Winans.

Another option is to increase the ISO, which increases the sensitivity of the camera’s sensor to light. Doing so in low-light situations is especially helpful because the more sensitive the camera is to light, the faster the shutter speed you can use.

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