The Mistakes Every Rookie Photographer Makes

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When a new photographer picks up a camera, they’re very prone to making tons of mistakes that are understandable. But making sure that they get corrected is important to ensuring that you get the best images and your camera delivers the best performance.

Here are a couple of ways that rookies mess up often.

Shooting With Your Elbows Out

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Not Realizing That They’re Shooting at Too Slow a Shutter Speed

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Not Changing the Metering Mode

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Exposing the Camera Sensor to the Elements For Too Long a Time

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Not Fine Tuning the Focusing

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Always Exposing for the Middle of the Meter


Using the Pop-Up Flash

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Not Letting the Camera Go to Sleep

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Leaving it to Bake in the Car in the Hot Sun


Not Cleaning Their Lenses with a Microfiber Cloth

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Chris Gampat

Chris Gampat is the Editor in Chief, Founder, and Publisher of the Phoblographer. He also likes pizza.