Breaking bad photo habits: 10 classic blunders and easy ways to improve

    | Photography Tips | 12/08/2013 00:01am

    It’s easy to fall into bad habits, and by definition they are annoying. She may not be able to help you stop biting your nails, tailgating or knuckle cracking, but Angela Nicholson, our head of testing continues her ongoing series on avoiding classic camera mistakes by offering some advice about breaking bad photo habits to help you create more interesting images. So kick the spoilers out of your portfolio and use these tips to start boosting your hit rate!

    Breaking bad photo habits: 01 Lens hood on the wrong way round

    Remove lens flare: Step 1

    I see this on an almost daily basis and it drives me mad. A lens hood is designed to do for your lens what the peak on your cap does for your eyes, create shade across the front element making it easier for the camera to see its target and preventing flare.

    If light is allowed to pass across the front element of your lens it can bounce around inside the barrel giving the autofocus system problems, reducing image contrast and introducing hotspots in your shot. It’s generally bad news.

    If you’ve gone to the effort of taking your lens hood out with you (and you should), turn it the right way round so that it extends out in front of the optic creating shade.

    PAGE 1 – Breaking bad photo habits: 01 Lens hood on the wrong way round
    PAGE 2 – Breaking bad photo habits: 02 Composing post capture
    PAGE 3 – Breaking bad photo habits: 03 Shooting from the same angle
    PAGE 4 – Breaking bad photo habits: 04 Using the same old settings
    PAGE 5 – Breaking bad photo habits: 05 Taking record shots
    PAGE 6 – Breaking bad photo habits: 06 Your shots look like everybody else’s
    PAGE 7 – Breaking bad photo habits: 07 Using the same lens
    PAGE 8 – Breaking bad photo habits: 08 Over-sharpening
    PAGE 9 – Breaking bad photo habits:  09 Continually cloning out dust marks
    PAGE 10 – Breaking bad photo habits: 10 Sharing all your images


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    Posted on Monday, August 12th, 2013 at 12:01 am under Photography Tips.

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