There are many things to learn when it comes to photography and in today’s article, we’re going to talk about the most common camera mistakes that photographers employ. Today, we hope to highlight those common camera mistakes, so the next time you’re about to take a photo, you remember the points we’re about to highlight here... welcome to photography 101.
#1: ISO - It used to be commonly taught that you always needed to go as low as possible with the ISO for digital cameras. This was because early cameras had a lot of digital noise at a higher ISO level. Today however things have changed. Newer digital cameras can shoot with incredible quality at ISO 800, 1600, 3200, and even 6400 for higher end cameras. The noise is much less noticeable than it used to be, and it is much more pleasant looking. So, now if you were to decrease the ISO level in certain situations, it could actually take away a certain quality from the image, so be careful as you alter this setting on your camera. You may not need to be as dramatic as older cameras required you to be in the past. So, this is the first photography tip from us in photography 101.
#2: Slow Shutter Speed - The shutter speed always needs to be one over the focal length of your lens. Slight vibrations are much more noticeable when you magnify a small area in the distance. For subjects in motion, you will need a fast-enough shutter speed to freeze them. You should be prepared to adjust this speed for different situations, but when it comes to wedding photography, the chances are that you won’t need to raise the shutter speed to the point that a moving car would come out as a crisp shot, but still knowing what to adjust and when to adjust it is what photography 101 is all about.
#3: The Wrong Exposure – Getting the exposure right in your images will either make or break their quality, but as this is a place for photographers who either want to offer their services professionally at weddings or do so already, so ideally there’s no room for mistakes. Having your camera set to the wrong exposure is not an option. Your camera’s light meter is not creative – it wants to make everything look a neutral grey, but that is problematic in images with lots of dark or bright tones. Maybe you want those tones to look grey for creative purposes, but most likely, you will want them to be true to the scene if they’re wedding photographs. This is where exposure becomes the most important thing to think about. Be sure to look into this topic deeper by doing a little research into what setting is best off for your camera and don’t forget to adjust this setting according to the situation.
#4: The Focus Point – A lot of photographers leave their focus point up to their camera to figure out, but this is a terrible idea as the camera will often focus on the wrong point, ultimately ruining your image and how are you going to explain that to your clients when they ask to see the final prints of your images. You need to be in control of your focusing and put the focus on the most important subject in the image, otherwise you’ll end up with a crisp picture focusing on something in the background as the Bride and Groom smile indefinitely waiting for you to get the shot. Be sure to double check your camera settings and make sure they’re suitable for what you’re about to shoot.
#5: Image Stabilisation - The image stabiliser in your lens or camera will make your photographs sharper when handheld. However, it can also create minor vibrations while keeping the camera steadier, and these vibrations can actually backfire when you are using a tripod to steady your camera. This is what you don’t want. This can create blurring throughout your images, so make sure that you turn off image stabilisation on your camera when you are using a tripod to steady your device. Otherwise, you could end up with fuzzy/ blurring images and no one wants that!
If you can learn to conquer and avoid these five common beginner mistakes, you’ll be on your way to better photography. We hope that this article (photography 101) has proved somewhat useful and informative to you as a wedding photographer. If you can avoid or fix these issues alone, you will find that your photographs will be much sharper and of much better quality! Why not check out some of our other articles? You’ll find the links to those below this post.
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