Camera Mistake No. 9: Dust marks
Most modern SLRs and CSCs have a dust removal system that keeps loose dust at bay, but they are not infallible.
A few little specks of dust here and there aren’t a major problem and will only take a few seconds to clone out on a computer, but keep an eye on the situation so it doesn’t get out of hand.
If the cloning starts to run to minutes then it really is time to clean the sensor. It’s not as tricky as you might fear, but if you really don’t fancy it contact your nearest camera servicing centre.
Before you make a print check the whole image carefully at 100% (Actual Pixels) on screen to make sure that that there are no spots, specks, splodges or hairs that will spoil the end result.
A mark might look quite small and insignificant on-screen, but it will scream at you from the wall once the print has been framed and hung on display.
Camera Mistake No. 10: Wrong focal length
Okay, so you’ve consulted the maps, checked the weather forecast and headed out before dawn to photograph a landscape that you’ve already visited to find the perfect vantage point.
The camera battery is freshly charged, with a spare nestling in your bag along with a collection of formatted memory cards.
You’ve checked and cleaned the sensor and the glass of your favourite wideangle lens is spotless.
The sun begins to rise, the image you have imagined appears before you and you get the shot. Perfect, everything is just as you planned it would be.
But then, a magnificent stag appears from the shadows. It turns and looks directly at you with its antlers beautifully side-lit by the rising sun and its breath creating billowy steam.
It injects a little more interest into your already enchanting landscape shot, but to make the best of it you really need to switch to a 300mm lens.
The lens you left at home because you were going out to shoot landscapes.
Fair enough that’s a pretty extreme example, but it illustrates the point that no matter what you are heading out to shoot, it’s often worth sticking another lens or two in your bag just in case.
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