10 common camera mistakes every photographer makes
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.
PAGE 1: Camera Mistake No. 1 – Lens cap still on
PAGE 2: Camera Mistake No. 2 – Wrong sensitivity selected
PAGE 3: Camera Mistake No. 3 – Flat battery
PAGE 4: Camera Mistake No. 4 – Wrong white balance
PAGE 5: Camera Mistake No. 5 – Spot metering still on
PAGE 6: Camera Mistake No. 6 – Memory card full
PAGE 7 Camera Mistake No. 7 – Shutter speed too fast for the flash
PAGE 8: Camera Mistake No. 8 – Missing tripod quick release plate
PAGE 9: Camera Mistake No. 9 – Dust marks
PAGE 10: Camera Mistake No. 10 – Wrong focal length
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on Wednesday, March 13th, 2013 at 1:00 am under Photography Tips.
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