Mistakes Photographers Should Never Make

Whether you are a wedding photographer or any other kind of professional photographer there are a number of very common mistakes you should avoid making if you want to make a good impression on your clients get the shots you need, and take the most impressive photos you can.

With all that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the most common mistakes photographers make (but you never should) below:

Not cleaning up your computer

If, as a photographer, you do not know how to clean up Mac or PC memory, you really need to learn. Why? Because if you do not, you may find that you do not have enough storage space for the photos you take, which could be pretty embarrassing.

Not bringing spare batteries or memory cards

In a similar vein, if you forget to bring enough memory cards with you to a photography job, then you could end up with serious egg on your face and a disappointed bride and groom to deal with because you simply will not be able to store any photos you take!

Some photographers even forget to pack spare batteries for their camera, which can similarly leave them unable to take the shots the client wants them to, or if they can, they will have to wait a long time between battery charges to do so, which is less than professional.

Not testing new gear

If you have bought new gear, whether it be a new lens, a new filter, or a brand new camera, you should never go on a job without first trying out that new gear for size. Doing so will not only allow you to ensure that your photography equipment works. But also that you know how to use it to its full potential The more you know, the more effective your photography will be – remember that.

Not visiting the location in advance

Whether you’re taking wedding photographs or landscapes, it is a really good idea to scout the location before the big day so that you can get a feel for the space, identify any interesting landmarks you might want to include, or any eyesores you might want to avoid and work out the best angles and positions to shoot from. The better acquainted you are with the space, the easier it will be for you to get the best shots when you need to, it really is that simple.

Using the spray and pray method

The spray and pray method of photography is where you take shot after shot after shot without giving each one too much thought, with the hopes that you will get enough good shots by taking so many images. If you are serious about being a good professional photographer, this is not the best approach to take.

It is far better to take your time to use the rule of thirds to compose shots that are interesting to the eye, even if there are less of them. If you are confident you know your stuff, there should be no problem in slowing down and taking the time to properly compose your photos, after all, that is what you, as a photographer are being paid for.

Not using multiple lenses

Yes, it can be a faff to keep changing camera lenses during a shoot, but if you want to get a wide variety of images from a wide number of angles, and make your photographs as interesting as possible using 2-3 different lenses will certainly help you to get enough variations in your images that you can achieve this with ease.

Not moving around

One thing that a lot of bad wedding photographers do is set up a tripod in one location and stick with that location no matter what happens or where the action is. Not only doe this make for a dull wedding portfolio, but it means a lot of the action is missed. Moving around is the medium you should be doing if you are looking to capture multiple images of an event in a way that is dynamic and interesting to the viewer.

Not breaking the rules

The rules of photography are there for a reason, but rules are also made to be broken and if you want your portfolio to stand out from the crowd, you need to do just that now and again.

If you can avoid making these common mistakes, your career as a photographer is likely to go a whole lot more smoothly as a result!

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