Making mistakes is an inevitable part of learning. Sometimes, mistakes aren’t such a bad thing. After all, Coca-Cola, icepops and crisps were invented by mistake. But when it comes to photography, mistakes can wreck memories and ruin images. And while you’ll still make plenty of your own blunders, check to ensure these ten common mistakes new photographers make aren’t among them.
1. Buying too much gear, too quickly
Gear Acquisition Syndrome hits even the most seasoned photographers, but new photographers tend to buy into the idea that buying a lot of new gear will make them a better photographer. A new camera (lens, flash etc.) will not make you a better photographer. The best photographer can take a great photo with any camera. It’s the technical knowledge, creativity and an eye for light that will make you a better photographer. Now, that’s not to say you should never get a new camera. Different gear will offer you more flexibility and higher resolution among others perks. Just don’t expect a great camera to take great pictures. At least, not without a great photographer behind it.
2. Shooting in the “best” weather
Experienced photographers have a bit different definition of what the best weather is. Those bright sunshiny days that everyone else just raves about during small talk? They’re actually horrible for images. Direct sunlight is too harsh as it creates dark shadows. On a sunny day, the sky is often so bright that it’s overexposed. There’s ways of working around harsh sunlight, but if you can go out on a cloudy day, or just after sunrise or just before sunset, go then, especially when you’re a beginner.