If you have recently bought a new camera, this blog will provide you with some top tips on how to overcome the challenges that people often face when starting in the field of photography.

It provides a list of essential guidelines that can help you become a better photographer and avoid the common mistakes that individuals make during the initial years of photography.

  1. Setting the wrong white balance

    You should avoid taking photos before you set the right amount of relative warmth or coolness of the white light (often referred to as white balance by photographers) present in the background. This allows you to control how your photo looks when captured in different lights. Taking the colour temperature of the light into account when you are taking your photo is crucial to eliminate unwanted colour casts that can make your image appear unnatural.

  2. Placing the subject in the centre

    Placing the subject of your photo in the centre of the frame is a common tendency amongst beginner photographers. This restricts the viewer’s eyes to only the subject, constricting their attention to a small area of the photo. In contrast, dynamic and uneven negative space creates interest, giving viewers something more to look at. Placing the subject out of the frame’s central zone will prevent the creation of a boring and static shot.

  3. Not checking the focus right before clicking

    It is crucial to make sure you always maintain a sharp focus when taking a photo. Without the right focus, you may risk losing the viewers concentration as they can’t find the main point to focus their eyes on. This is because, when we look at photographs, we expect to see at least one object within the frame to be in sharp focus. This is why it is important to check the focus by zooming in on your subject after each photo, using the zoom feature in playback mode. 

    As you are initially starting out a photographer, you may find you’re your photographs don’t have a sharp enough focus. In order to prevent this, make sure there is enough light and colour-contrast between the subject and background so that autofocus is able to lock the focus properly.

  4. A cluttered or distracting background

    This a common mistake for many beginner photographers as often the excitement of spotting a perfect shot leads them to take photographs right at that moment. The tendency to click as soon as you see something beautiful or interesting does not leave you enough time to consider the background. It is important to not get overwhelmed by the subject itself as this may mean that you haven’t paid any attention to the background. Taking the rest of the scene that surrounds the subject into consideration can enable you to capture a complete photo while still emphasising your favourite part.

  5. Not leaving enough space surrounding the subject

    Filling the entire frame with your favourite subject to maximise its appearance, in turn, makes it look like it has been squeezed into a tiny space. Therefore, remember to keep enough space around the subject by thinking about the composition of the whole shot.


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This article was written by Deblina Dam and edited by Amelia Hayward-Cole