10 common camera mistakes every photographer makes

    | Photography Tips | 13/03/2013 01:00am

    Camera Mistake No. 4: Wrong white balance

    Final tips from our professional photographer: use the sunlight white balance setting

    If you always shoot with the white balance setting set to automatic this probably won’t be a major issue for you, but if you take care to get the very best result you can in-camera and set the white balance to match the shooting conditions, then this is something to look out for.

    Using a white balance value that’s designed for rendering warm indoor light neutral when you’re outside will make the world look very cold. Conversely, using a daylight white balance under artificial lighting can results in a very warm, almost orange image.

    Your camera’s LCD screen is your saviour here, checking your image in it should alert you to any colour problems.

    If you’re shooting outside in bright conditions don’t just give the LCD a cursory glance to check for exposure warnings, shade the screen and have a good look at the image colour, maybe even check the colour channel histograms to see if there are any unexpected peaks.

    If things don’t look right, the chances are that the white balance needs adjusting.

    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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    Posted on Wednesday, March 13th, 2013 at 1:00 am under Photography Tips.

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