One of the secrets to improving your photography is breaking bad habits. You may be making some mistakes unconsciously, which is why we're here to help you identify and overcome those bad habits. With determination and practice, you can work on becoming a photographer with good practices instead.
5 Bad Photography Habits to Break Today
While these habits may not totally ruin your images, they can affect your perspective and attitude towards photography. Now, let's spot some of the things you should not do as a photographer.
Relying on Auto Mode
Letting your camera do all the work inhibits you from thinking about both the technical and creative aspects of photography. Hence, start by learning how to tweak camera settings to hone your photography skills.
The four main camera modes are:
- Manual: Gives you full manual control of shutter speed and aperture.
- Program: Camera chooses the shutter speed and aperture based on the amount of light that passes through the lens.
- Shutter Priority: Manually setting the shutter speed, and the camera automatically selects the right aperture.
- Aperture Priority: Manually setting the aperture while the camera picks the appropriate shutter speed.
Practicing all camera modes enables you to take control over settings, focus, exposure, and available light. Learning how to switch from one mode to another allows you to think and use the appropriate mode depending on the shoot.
Acting Unsure After You Take a Photo
The number one way to make your subject feel uncomfortable during a shoot is by saying something negative after you take their photo. For example, if you’re posing someone while shooting high school portraits and start to take their photo before realizing the pose looks awkward, don’t look at the back of the camera and say something like, “Oh, that didn’t turn out very good.” Not only might the senior be concerned that they look bad, but they may also start to doubt your skills and abilities as a photographer.
Instead, once you realize that something isn’t working with the pose, say something like, “Okay, great - let’s move on!” The goal is to transition into something else without the client knowing that the previous pose didn’t actually work out.
Not Studying Lighting
Lighting is one of the key aspects of photography. The bad habit of not paying attention to lighting can produce unnecessary shadows and noise in your pictures. If you understand how to combine light with the right aperture, shutter speed, ISO, you can capture evenly exposed photos.
Try to know as much as you can about good lighting, from natural lighting to the use of strobes. Learning how to work with light will make the difference in an image's composition, brightness, tone, and mood.
Using Only One Lens
There are photographers who have the bad habit of carrying only a single lens because they think it's enough. In some cases, they fail to bring another lens with a different focal length because they don't want to carry too much equipment. Don’t fall for this.
Bringing a 50mm lens with an aperture of f/1.8 works for low-light and portrait shots. Meanwhile, a 24mm wide-angle lens is more suitable for architectural images because of its exaggerated perspective. On the other hand, it's better to use a 75-300mm zoom lens for creative and sports photography.
Forgetting to Clean Your Camera
If you use your camera regularly, it can gather dust or smudges on the sensor, mirror, and lens glass. If you are a landscape photographer who usually travels to beaches, forests, and other outdoor sceneries, the camera can collect dirt, grime, and sand.
While you don't need to clean your camera after every shot, it's best to do some cleaning once a week. Not only will cleaning keep your gears in tip-top shape, you can also avoid spending hours removing dust specs during post-processing.
Getting your hands on a camera can be exciting, causing you to simply click the shutter button to your heart's content and overlook some crucial factors. Remember that the only way not to commit mistakes is to stop making them now. Let's break a bad photography habit today!