I don’t want to age myself here, but it’s been a good, long while since I was a beginner photographer.
And though plenty of time has passed, I still remember the days of struggling with camera settings, screwing up my post-processing (in the darkroom, no less…), and wondering if all the chips were ever going to fall in place or if I was destined to keep making stupid photography mistakes over and over again.
Well, I’m here to tell you that as bleak as it seems sometimes, if you stick with it and learn from common photography mistakes, you’ll eventually get to a place where you start producing some pretty great photos.
With that in mind, here’s a quick list of things to avoid as a photographer, and mistakes from which you can learn a thing or two.
A Common Mistake for Beginners: Forgetting to Check the Exposure Settings
One of the biggest steps to take as a beginner photographer is to move out of full auto mode and into manual mode (or, at the very least aperture priority, shutter priority, or program mode).
By taking more control over the camera’s settings, you make your job a little harder, but that added control means that you can get better photos, like the one above.
Of course, if you’ve been a full auto shooter thus far, you’re used to not having to change your exposure settings to accommodate differing lighting conditions.
But once you’re shooting in manual mode, you’ll need to remind yourself to make adjustments as the lighting changes. Otherwise, you’ll end up with tons of photos that are overexposed or underexposed.