A dSLR is a complicated piece of technology and it can be overwhelming when you try to take photos using manual or program settings (not just shooting in Auto mode). As a result, a lot of newbie dSLR photographers make a lot of mistakes. And that’s perfectly OK because mistakes help you learn. Nevertheless, it’s better to avoid some common mistakes that everybody makes. Here are some tips that will help you.
Mistake #1: No Subject
OK, this may sound a bit mean, but a lot of people think that getting a dSLR will make their photos beautiful. But the truth is that you can’t make bleak and uninteresting photos beautiful. A photo must have a subject and a mood. If it doesn’t, there’s nothing you can do to make it interesting.
Mistake #2: Photos Are Too Dark or Too Light
Digital SLR cameras have powerful exposure controls. But when you use automatic settings, your camera often tries to use one-size-fits-all settings. But because your camera doesn’t know how dark or bright the scene really is, it often makes the photos too dark – underexposed. This usually happens when you are shooting darker skies, grey clouds, grey scenes in early spring and late autumn, and so on. Basically, when there’s a lot of grey in the photo. And if you photos appear too light and bright, most likely they are overexposed.
You can avoid this mistake by compensating exposure. Just add a couple of plus points and you’ll be good to go. Similarly, add a couple of minus points to compensate for overexposure. Another way to compensate exposure is to fix your images later on in Lightroom or similar software, but it’s best to get things right in the first place.
Mistake #3: Tilted Horizon Line
Now this is a very silly mistake, but we all make it when we get our first dSLR. We shoot beautiful scenes only to discover that the horizon is tilted. Now how did that happen? Even the lightest digital SLR cameras are a lot heavier than compact cameras, which makes them a bit harder to control. That’s why you should practice the correct camera holding techniques and use a tripod for landscape photography. A decent tripod doesn’t cost too much, yet it’s a great help for landscape photographers.
Mistake #4: Fear of Manual Focus
Most beginners are so used to compact cameras with auto focus that they completely ignore manual focus settings every dSLR has. Many beginners are afraid to switch the focus mode to manual. But that opens up a whole new world of possibilities and lets you control where your camera focuses a lot better than when you’re on autopilot. Manual focus is where you shouldn’t be afraid to experiment!