The Top 4 Most Common Photography Mistakes You Don’t Realize You’re Making

article by Esme M. author
In today’s social media-driven age, photography is part of nearly everyone’s day-to-day lives. Have you looked at Instagram lately?!

Here’s a list of common mistakes people make while snapping away or editing photos. Follow our suggestions on how to fix them and increase traffic!

1. Our fingers are filter-happy

It’s amazing what a filter can do, isn’t it? They can turn our least photogenic snap shots into avant-garde works of art. But the key to good photo-editing (which is what we’re doing even by adding a filter) is subtlety. Whether working in Adobe Photoshop or Instagram, go light on the contrast and other effects. Think of them like salt. A little bit can go a long way to bring out flavor; too much can make a dish inedible. The same rule applies in photography. Using a little bit of sharpness or contrast can bring out the vibrancy of colors in photographs; too much blows the color out. If working in Instagram, take advantage of the percentage slider within each filter to adjust the level of effects.

2. We rely too much on the zoom slider

The zoom slider on phones is just a glorified cropping tool. So the more we use it, the more pixelated an image becomes. It should be avoided at all costs. Purchase a zoom lens to take high-quality pictures from a distance. Or, simply move closer to the subject.

Editing Photos

3. We’re afraid of the dark

When we take photos in the dark, we tend to panic and look for a fix before we take the photo. We open up aperture or focus our phones on dark areas to add more overall light to the photo. But by doing this as we are taking the picture, we are ignoring a basic rule of photography (or cooking…again): light (or spices) can be added more easily than they can be taken away. So, don’t be afraid to err on the side of darkness while working. Add light (sparingly) in the editing process. If an image is washed-out before editing, it’s harder to fix.

4. We forget that images tell stories, too

Pictures tell stories; never forget that. Characters are essential to the art of storytelling. Amateur photographers simply looking to increase engagement on their social media accounts will see more likes by including people in their photographs, even ones where the landscape is supposed to be the star. Clearly separate the subject from the landscape whenever possible. Shots captured with people in mind can be surprisingly beautiful.

After sharpening your photo capturing skills, it is time to edit your masterpieces. Get the best photo editing software for that purpose.