These three things make you look like an amateur photographer

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There are three amateurish mistakes in this photo? Can you spot them? (Image credit: Sean McCormack)

Your camera, even your phone camera, does a great job of taking pictures. In fact everyone can take great pictures now. Or can they? There are a few dead giveaways that you’re not as good as you imagine. Sure the camera can set the exposure, even give nice color and contrast. But it can’t compose the shot and it doesn’t know what you’re trying to take a photo of. That’s on you.

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Sean McCormack

Sean McCormack is a commercial, and editorial photographer, book author, and regular contributor to Digital Camera magazine based in Galway, Ireland. He has extensive experience with Lightroom, dating back to its original beta version, and has tried out just about every plugin and preset available. His latest book is Essential Development 3: 25 Tips for Lightroom Classic’s Develop Module