Becoming a better photographer definitely doesn’t happen over night. It normally takes time and commitment, however I’ve decided on 5 common no-no’s that will drastically improve anyone’s photography skills in no time ♥
1. Cluttered Backgrounds – (Oh no)
Too much of anything is bad, unless we’re talking about Nutella – then its acceptable. Whenever you see a scene, your eye automatically focuses on one key object, however some photographers will not focus in on just that, leaving the viewer with a jam-packed image. Nothing aggravates me more than travel photos POLLUTED BY TOURISTS.
Solution: Try simple compositions. Ask yourself what interests you the most in the scene and emphasize that. If you’re in a highly populated area, look for a different angle which will exclude the tourist traffic, OR my personal favourite is to wait with the look of death, until people decide to move.
2. Bad Light – (Oh no no)
A photo can either be made or ruined based on lighting. The best photography normally occurs during ‘the golden hours’, that being a few hours before and after sunrise/sunset. Many photographers don’t take notice of light, leaving them with a flat 2 dimensional image or an image covered in light patches.
Solution: Remember that light is a huge component to a great photo. The more you appreciate light, the more likely you are to see a transformation of your photos without the need for editing.
3. Posting Everything (Oh no no no)
We all have a tendency to want to show off our photos after a good photoshoot or adventure. However, this love isn’t felt by most viewers who’s reaction to seeing 10 photos in a row will be something along the lines of “is she being serious?” I’ve found from personal experience that only 10% of the photos I take have potential.
Solution: Do your followers a favour – filter the best photos, edit them and then post. You want them to want more rather than hoping for less, because chances are if it’s the latter, they wont be coming back.
4. Lack of Depth (Oh no no no no)
Have you ever come across the most unimaginable scenery, taken a photo and been hit with utter disappointment? We have to remember that everything we see appears in 3D whereas photography is 2 dimensional.
Solution: There are many ways to create depth in a photo. Change your point of view, include a foreground, use perspective distortion, but most importantly remember to keep things interesting, because a photo will never be able to translate what we felt in reality.
5. Over Editing (you get my point)
I find myself trying to escape falling into this category on many occasions. The biggest killer of a good photograph is over editing. Nothing ruins a followers excitement more than instantly knowing the image their viewing is fake.
Solution: Keep it simple and remember that less is more. Only use editing software to enhance the natural colours, highlights and white balance originally there.