Wrong in photography over the years

If I think back on all the things I’ve done wrong in photography over the years, it’s actually sort of embarrassing.

Granted, I’ve messed up more times than I can remember, but there’s a few doozie mistakes I made along the way that have stuck with me.

I’ll spare you the stories about those problems…

Instead, I’d like to share a few things that all new photographers should learn, but that many seem not to.

By “get familiar” I don’t mean casually flipping through your camera’s owner’s manual, either!

Yes – it’s not much fun to read all the fine print, but trust me when I say that it benefits you in the long run.

In fact, I’d recommend going through the owner’s manual and marking pages with “ah-ha” moments of instruction for quick reference later on.

Then I’d watch a whole bunch of YouTube videos of people walking through various features and functions of your camera (and your lens, tripod, filters, and so forth).

Once you know what each button and dial does, put that learning into practice by shooting in manual mode and manipulating things exposure settings to see how doing so changes the look and feel of your images. For example:

  • Change the aperture to see how it changes the brightness (or darkness) of your image. Likewise, note how the changes in aperture change the depth of field in the image as well.
  • Work on finding out the minimum shutter speed you can use and still get a sharp image while handholding the camera. The shutter speed will vary from one person to the next, so you’ll need to do some experimentation to find what your minimum shutter speed is.
  • Use ISO to alter the exposure level of your images. By understanding how ISO works, you’ll be in a better position to get a well-exposed image, even if you’re shooting in dim lighting.

In other words, if you want to improve the quality of your photos and become a better photographer, that journey starts with actually understanding what your camera can do and how you can tell the camera to change what it’s doing to get a better shot.

Get a few more details on learning exposure settings in the video above by PhotoRec TV.