5 BEGINNER PHOTOGRAPHY MISTAKES: What’s up everyone welcome back to Tokyo Japan my name is Joe Allam and in this video, I’m gonna share five mistakes I commonly see beginner photographers make.

5 BEGINNER PHOTOGRAPHY MISTAKES + My solutions on how to solve them: Do you prefer to watch videos or to read? You may just watch the video below or continue to read the text.  I Should probably point out I am so happy to be back in Tokyo by the way. I just I love this place so much!


5 BEGINNER PHOTOGRAPHY MISTAKES + How to Solve Them!: issue #1, Wonkiness

Alright, so issue number one I see all the time is wonky horizons, now it may not be obvious at first But when you review back your images afters and once you spot it You can’t help but not spot anymore. So many people are taking pictures while they’re not aware of how wonky They may be. So first and foremost, make sure you have your horizon Dead straight across the center of your image. Otherwise, you can always fix it in your editing software such as in Photoshop or in Lightroom. Wonkiness is really easy to spot once you go looking for it. If you find yourself a notoriously bad shot with wonky horizon, then maybe the way to improve that is to take your time and use two hands on the camera to achieve steadiness.  In fact, most cameras will actually have a gyroscope built in. So you should be able to enable it on both the viewfinder and on the screen to keep those steady. Particularly if you’re shooting with a tripod, you’ve really got no excuse.

5 BEGINNER PHOTOGRAPHY MISTAKES: #2, misunderstanding of white balance

So the second mistake that I see quite commonly is a complete misunderstanding of white balance. White balance is the metering in your camera to set the color temperature of your images. Now the color temperature comes from your main light source. This could either be the sunlight,  a tungsten light, or a fluorescent bulb; something like that so you need to set the white balance on your camera. T way you’ll get truly accurate whites and colors across the board with your images. Otherwise, you may end up with very warm and Orange-like images or very blue and sometimes greenish images. If you shoot in RAW as well, you can also change this in your post-production; but generally, it’s good idea to invest in a good camera. These days cameras are actually really good at setting auto white balance as well. So that may even be your solution to solve things. To change your white balance, you can either go into the settings or look on The back of your camera. AT the top you may have a button that is just labeled as WB. Pretty much every camera will have an icon related to the light source so that you match them. So if you really have no idea, then just match it to the icon. If you really want to be accurate in your white balance, then you can purchase a gray card to be able to match up to your images With the grey card in front. That way everything is going to be accurate Okay.

5 BEGINNER PHOTOGRAPHY MISTAKES: issue #3, blurry images

Perhaps the most important thing that you really don’t want to have is blurry or non-sharp images. I cannot stress enough. It is important to get your images pin sharp. You know you can make a mistake on everything else, but honestly, to me nothing stands out as amateur more than if your image isn’t sharp in the first place. Now some ways to improve would be to either shoot with a faster shutter speed you can maintain a steadier posture using a tripod, or you could use a higher ISO if you’re in low-light situations. So many people come to me with images and they say hey, can I get your feedback on this? The one thing that really really stands out is when your images just aren’t sharp! Another thing to take note of is the way that aperture plays into the depth of field and sharpness of images. The larger your aperture the less you actually have in focus so you may actually find Some people take photos with the nose perfectly in focus while the eyes are soft. They’re not in focus just use a slightly smaller aperture or set your focus correctly on the eye and That will really stand out differently, but when I say shakiness and bonus I’m usually talking about when people have taken an image, and they’re clearly not Stood very steady whilst they’re taking it.Just watch your posture, and you’ll get great results.

5 BEGINNER PHOTOGRAPHY MISTAKES: issue #4, composition

My next tip is related to composition. We all know that finding a great composition is really hard and quite troublesome sometimes. However, this particular aspect comes down to spatial awareness. And I see it a lot of people who aren’t aware of the scene that they’re in while taking the photos. They don’t realize that just a small adjustment can actually make a huge improvement on the image. So a few things that are quite commonly seen taking pictures of people and things are uncomfortably cropped off. so maybe someone’s head is propped up a little bit uncomfortably; or the bottom of their feet cropped off if it’s a Full-body shot. Maybe you’re taking a picture of a building, and you crop the top of it, and it just looks a bit odd. Or perhaps, it’s something that maybe symmetrical, and you haven’t taken it quite in the middle. It may be slightly off-center. it would be nice to just keep that spatial awareness Apparent in your images; it makes a huge difference Okay.

5 BEGINNER PHOTOGRAPHY MISTAKES: issue #5, exposure setting

so my final tip on how to overcome the five mistakes that beginner photographers make and that is Setting your exposure correctly. Now it is incredibly common that people are unaware of how to properly set the exposure on their cameras, and that is completely fine. However, It is not big deal, and it is not clever to shoot in manual all of the time. I mean, I feel like a few years ago I fell into that trap where I was always shooting manual. Quite often actually I was shooting with aperture priority. You can Just let your camera do something automatic for you to maintain a correct exposure Because what you don’t want to happen is go somewhere and miss a shot because it is poorly exposed. Or something happens, and you’ve missed it because you’re on old settings related to when it was exposed to something else. The other thing to bear in mind is that on your camera itself in the viewfinder when you are shooting, you will see a little light meter. If you can get that meter as close to the center as possible by adjusting your settings, you may have a perfectly exposed image. The meters within the cameras are really really good these days. Another thing that a lot of people kind of make the mistake of doing is through reading old literature, they are afraid of high ISO. I’m talking like anything above 600, which to me is not high at all. If you have a camera that was bought within the last four or five years, you could be pretty confident to shoot around 3200 ISO-Maybe even higher!

If you’ve got a high-end camera you could shoot anything up to maybe twenty thousand with your ISO and still be able to get good shots. Now there will be some noise involved. That is true across anything, but What would you rather have: an image that’s kind of noisy or no image at all because it’s poorly exposed? For me, I’d rather have an image that’s correctly exposed. If it comes with noise then so be it! That’s just down to the location and any other light you maybe can’t control.


So yeah, be aware of your highlights. Be aware of your shadows and your overall surroundings. You can always raise the shadows in your post-production. So you don’t want any blown out skies that are supposed to be blue, and they’ve come out completely white. But pay attention to your light meter in the viewfinder and you’ll be great So that concludes my top five tips on how to solve beginner problems with photography. I hope you’ve enjoyed this video. Make sure you give it a thumbs up with the like button below. Leave a comment of your own tips or any of your own experiences of how you’ve improved your photography recently.

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