Top 5 photo mistakes to avoid

There are some pretty common photo mistakes that can be avoided with a few quick tips – save time for your photo slideshow software. What suggestions do you have for these common mistakes?


1. Red Eye

Red eye is one of the most common photo mistakes, and is caused by your camera’s flash reflecting off your subject’s eyes (off the retinas, to be exact).


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One way to avoid this problem is to avoid using your camera’s flash. This may not be a particularly useful piece of advice, since your camera’s flash is a very useful tool!

You can also ask your subject to not look directly at the flash. You can also use your camera’s red-eye detector to help prevent the problem. As a last resort, many photo-editing software programs have an automatic feature that removes red eye.


2. Lack of obvious subject

Photography is all about recreating what we see, perceive, and appreciate with our own eyes. This means that what can seem like an obviously “cool” scene to us may make no sense to whoever is looking at the photo.

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The most common reason is that there is too much going on in the picture.

The solution? Choose a subject, move in closer, or use a telephoto lens. For the photo above, consider taking a picture of something else 🙂


3. Blurry photos

Blurry photos are also a common photo mistake. They are caused by rapid movement combined with not enough lighting.

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The solution? Use a flash. If you don’t want to use a flash, use a tripod. You can also wait until your subject has stopped moving, or, in the case where you can predict movement, such as a race or a speeding car, move the camera along in time with the motion as you snap the picture.


4. Underexposed photos

Exposure is the amount of light that passes through your camera lens. When a photo is underexposed, it appears too dark, making if difficult to see the subject clearly or to distinguish details.


The solution? Move closer to your subject, or shoot closer to a light source. Manually adjust the shutter speed on your camera so that it’s lower.


5. Overexposed photos

Overexposed photos are photos that appear washed out – with no detail and little difference in color tones.

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The main cause of overexposed photos is bright light, whether it’s indoor lighting or natural sunlight.


The solution? It’s very complex, and will be the subject of a more comprehensive future post. But you can either pay attention to sunlight and avoid conditions that will cause washout, avoid using a flash (some digital cameras do not process indoor shots with overpowered flash), or stick to shooting on cloudy days!

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