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5 Common Photography Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Are you a photography newbie? Do you fear that your photos lack the visual appeal that is found in many other photographers’ work? If yes, then this article about the most common photography mistakes is for you!

This is why you need to avoid these common photography mistakes

Every photographer makes mistakes, and that’s ok. As long as you know what mistakes to avoid, you can continue to develop your photographic style. Let’s take a look at 5 common photography mistakes that we see beginner photographers making all the time. No more blurry images or other photography fails!

#1 Too much editing

It’s fine to edit a photo, but don’t overdo it. You want to make sure that you maintain the integrity of the original image. Use filters and other tools in moderation. If you don’t know what you’re doing, or if your editing software is outdated, you might make your photos worse instead of better. Also, a good tip: don’t rush editing. Take a day off to look at it with fresh eyes. 👀

Another editing tip we need to share: always shoot in RAW. RAW files contain more information than JPEGs, which means they have more potential for improving with editing later on. If all you shoot are JPEGs, then you’re missing out on this opportunity.

#2 Wrong composition

What exactly is composition? Composition refers to how you arrange elements within an image. The goal is to make sure that every part of your photo has purpose and meaning, while not being distracting or overly complex. Some common rules of composition include:

  • The rule of thirds: An imaginary grid lines up along two vertical lines and two horizontal lines that divide your frame into thirds vertically and horizontally — nine equal divisions in all. If you place an object along with one of these “thirds” lines or intersections, it will help direct the viewer’s eye toward it instead of allowing them to wander aimlessly through your photo.
  • Leading lines: This can be in the form of a road or sidewalk leading into the distance (like above) but also can come from trees on either side that creates diagonal lines across the photo. These types of visual cues help guide our eyes around an image, so there are no dead spots for us to get lost in while looking at it; instead, they lead us from one point to another
camera screen with rule of thirds

#3 Failing to pay attention

This can be one of the biggest problems with amateur photographers because they tend not to pay close enough attention during shoots, which means they may miss out on some great shots! Don’t forget any details, small ones like footprints or flowers could make all the difference between good photos and bad ones!

#4 Poor light

When it comes to photography, light is the most important element. If your photos don’t look good, it’s likely because of poor lighting.

Light changes throughout the day and sets the mood for an image. For example, early morning or evening light can create a warm glow that sets a romantic tone for your photos. You can also use reflectors and diffusers to control how much light is in your images. Experiment and learn!

Don’t forget about white balance also. You don’t want to ruin a good picture with a wrong white balance. It’s possible to correct in post production, but you want to avoid this.

#5 The wrong equipment

Your equipment is an important part of your photography. It can help you take higher-quality shots, and it can also make your job easier. When picking out your equipment, think about what kind of photography you do. Do you travel a lot? Do you shoot indoors or outdoors?


Essentially, the point of this guide is to make beginner photographers aware of one of the most frequent mistakes during photography – being too ambitious. You may want to take artistic shots right away, but you need to remember that it’s art. Just like any other art, mastering photography takes time and effort. Sometimes, you need to learn the basic techniques first in order to create your masterpiece. So be patient with yourself, have fun with your camera, and give yourself time to learn what works with your style of photography!

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