Skip to main content

Five photography mistakes made by me as a beginner

Learning something new such as photography? Making mistakes is a normal part of the learning experience, everyone goes through it. The hard part is talking about those mistakes, the feeling of embarrassment and fear of being judged kicks in. Making a mistake is not some evil thing but its a step to achieve something or learn a skill. Surprisingly, this is coming from someone who was actually very afraid of making mistakes during teenage life and university.
Let's get down to what kind of things happened to me as a fresher to the field of digital photography:

1) Forgetting extra battery packs when going for photography adventures. Weather changes and long exposure shots cause faster consumption of DSLR battery power, I learned this the hard way. Took multiple shots of mini waterfalls and sunset during my first outdoor trip with a DSLR. As the night rolled in, I fixed my camera outside the tent to take multiple long exposure shots of the night sky. Within first one hour, the camera battery died leaving me with a feeling of helplessness. Landscapes or weddings, extra batteries are a must.

2) Obsessing about gear all the time, like literally every single day. It's easy to get caught in this consistent need of upgrading gear because we feel the shots are not good. I still have gear lust sometimes but with time learned how to convince myself about the right time to upgrade. So yeah, try and make the best use of what you already have. Once you think the gear is seriously limiting the photos you are trying to achieve, then upgrade. 

beginner photography mistakes
Shot taken using a Canon T5i DSLR

3) Not taking enough pictures and developing skills on the way. Practice makes us perfect, and this applies to photography too. When it comes to digital photography, it takes a lot of failed attempts to be able to achieve keeper shots. Analyze what sort of shots you like, and think for a second before pressuring the shutter. It will improve the photographs by a huge margin.

4) Subject at center in every shot. Once I learned to handle my camera, this is what happened in 90% of the photographs. Not saying centering a subject is bad, but doing it every time is bad. There are tons of other ways to compose a shot depending on what your main subject is. Play with angles, symmetry, colours, shadows, etc.

beginner dslr photography mistakes
30 second day time exposure.
5) Don't take critique of your work as a personal attack. When starting out, I remember posting one photo online for some suggestions or feedback on how to improve. Most of the folks were pretty awesome with the advice, but a few comments were downright offensive and mean. We live in a colourful world with all sorts of personalities surrounding us, so there was not much I could do. Do not get easily discouraged, that's what I want to convey. :)

Hope you learned something new from my photography experience and mistakes. If you found the post informative, share the photography love by sharing this post. 


  1. I find that a portable battery charger (ie. a battery bank) is also handy, to re-charge a battery while you're using another one. It works well on an expedition.

  2. I agree with all of these! I have quickly learned NOT to upgrade anything, because really, I should develop my skills first. I think a lot of people believe they need a high end fancy camera to get great photos, and that's not the case.


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

sRGB vs Adobe RGB colour space explained

Digital images are everywhere, both offline and online. Each digital image is made up of a large number of square sized individual pixels. Zoom into an image at 2000 % or more in any of the viewers, you will see these pixels. Here is an example:

In order to categorize pixel colours, RGB and CMYK are the two widely used colour models. According to the RGB colour model, each pixel colour can be considered as an addition of different shades of red/green/blue light. These light shades are calculated according to the bit depth of the image. Jpeg images are usually 8 bits per colour channel (red, blue or green), which means 2^8 ( 256) different shades of each red/blue/green colour are possible. Few examples to make it clear how different colours shades are represented:
Red: (255, 0, 0)
Green: (0,255,0)
Blue: (0,0,255)
White: (255, 255, 255)
Black:  (0,0,0)

What does CMYK do? It is a subtractive colour model for printing purposes and stands for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black. According to …

5 things to know before switching DSLR between Canon and Nikon

Photography is an expensive hobby or profession and everyone wants the best bang for every dollar they spend. This applies to any photography equipment starting with low-cost tripods to super expensive professional grade lenses. I am sure all of us must have heard of Nikon and Canon. The good old battle between these two DSLR brands will never end. Whether you are a beginner or a full time professional, there are a few quirks everyone should know before switching camera between these brands.
1) The used market for Canon gear is just enormous which makes a good plus point for investment and buying decent used gear. Go to craigslist for a given city and search used photography gear, the difference will be easily noticeable. I searched for 10 different cities in Canada and all had comparatively more listings for Canon.
2) Nikon has better dynamic range cameras. Dynamic range is the ability of the camera to sense the lightest and darkest scene in a given photo retaining as much detail as…

How to locate the milky way for night sky DSLR photography?

Our Earth is part of a huge sized galaxy, known as the Milky Way. Milky Way basically consists of our whole solar system and is made up of 100-400 billion stars. Until last year, I had no idea if we can see Milky Way with naked eyes. After a lot of failed late night drives and sleeping at the beach, I was finally able to get a grip on what I actually need to see Milky Way. In September 2016, I got my first Milky Way shot. It was an extremely emotional and priceless moment when I first saw the magnificent milky way with my own eyes. All the failed attempts or discomfort of not going to bed early seemed nothing in that moment. I would consider sharing this priceless memory with fellow photography folks as the inspiration behind this post.  Moving on to the technical part, there is a minimal amount of gear required to take Milky Way shots using your dslr. Focusing at infinity and calculating the shutter speed to avoid star trails is purely technical, capturing Milky Way takes a little mor…