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jeroni
jeroni  10
3 Jul 2011 - 4:09 PM

Greetings,

If you have bought an expensive camera (like a DSLR with a removable lens) because you think it will automatically take better pictures, you are fooling yourself. Everyone should know about these 10 common mistakes:

If you are a pro photographer your comments are welcome.

W.

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Carabosse
Carabosse e2 Member 1139395 forum postsCarabosse vcard England269 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jul 2011 - 4:27 PM

Hi Jeroni. Look forward to seeing some of your photos. Smile

User_Removed
3 Jul 2011 - 4:57 PM

6 years a member and no piccy's...

It would be nice to see some of your work. Smile

Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1315153 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jul 2011 - 5:22 PM


Quote: Everyone should know about these 10 common mistakes

Rules Smile

Fine if your a beginner, but if you want to get to the next level its time to either bend the rules, or chuck them in the bin.

sherlob
sherlob e2 Member 82308 forum postssherlob vcard United Kingdom125 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jul 2011 - 5:26 PM


Quote: If you are a pro photographer your comments are welcome.

Sorry W.

Does that mean if we are not pro you don't want us to comment? I can't quite understand your intention in saying this.

For what it is worth: I agree, but I don't think the article you refer to is not particularly brilliant. Perhaps its just me, but some pretty fundamental errors are shown in the images that are used to illustrate (since these don't seem to be referred to as examples of NOT what to do I imagine they are intended as good examples). In a nutshell - they demonstrate that PS is also not the answer - they all look over processed to me.

Adam

Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1315153 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jul 2011 - 5:50 PM


Quote: If you are a pro photographer your comments are welcome

But I`ve seen some very bad pro photographers Smile

Carabosse
Carabosse e2 Member 1139395 forum postsCarabosse vcard England269 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jul 2011 - 6:08 PM

Perhaps Jeroni will post a few pics to show us how it should be done. Smile

The article suffers, like most "Top Ten"-type articles from being a bit simplistic and indeed didactic. No more than OK-ish.

thewilliam
3 Jul 2011 - 6:23 PM

As a vulgar professional with decades of experience, I could add a few more.

ALWAYS make sure there's a card in the camera before you put it away. Many of us have grabbed the camera from the safe and rushed outside to record something special, only to find that there's no card in the camera.

SET the camera to lock the shutter if there's no card inserted.

My cameras have been distinguished with coloured tape on the prism housing since the day that I put a film into one camera and then picked up another, identical, body for the shoot.

I could go on .......

Carabosse
Carabosse e2 Member 1139395 forum postsCarabosse vcard England269 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jul 2011 - 8:34 PM


Quote: Many of us have grabbed the camera from the safe

Blimey! Grin

Add... always keep your camera in a safe? Wink

jogennard
jogennard  7117 forum posts United Kingdom
3 Jul 2011 - 8:47 PM

Personally I find a camera bag a lot more practical...and lighter, than a safe!!!Wink

monkeygrip
3 Jul 2011 - 8:58 PM

Why does everyone assume that controlling the electronics are the most important tips for beginners.

2 massive tips that I have seen many times in my classes are just hold the camera the right way to be steady and dont get to close to the object or subject you want to shoot because it will probably be inside the minimum focal length of your lens.

And the all time classic "But its got 10 megapixels it should be good at taking picture" yep an actual comment in one of my courses it took me 7 minutes to gather myself before kicking him out.

Again another great tip for beginners understand what the word photography means before you even pick up the magic box lol.

Last Modified By monkeygrip at 3 Jul 2011 - 8:58 PM
BigRick
BigRick  82085 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jul 2011 - 8:58 PM

All my gear goes in a safe... a fireproof one at that.

Not all my gear, all the time, but my hard drives and important paperwork are always in there.

As for the list.... OK i guess.

User_Removed
3 Jul 2011 - 9:29 PM


Quote: ...another great tip for beginners understand what the word photography means before you even pick up the magic box

And 'the magic box' STILL remains nothing more than a tool - even when one understands what the word 'Photography' fully means!! Wink

User_Removed
3 Jul 2011 - 9:47 PM

OK, this thread started as a bit of a red herring and the flaws in the original reference are obvious.

But how about we all try to give one tip for a beginner to think about?

Limited to one per contributor and no slagging off each-ther's suggestions.

Here is mine for starters:

"Before you press the shutter release, think about the message you want the image to convey."

Last Modified By User_Removed at 3 Jul 2011 - 9:48 PM
Carabosse
Carabosse e2 Member 1139395 forum postsCarabosse vcard England269 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jul 2011 - 10:03 PM

"Sometimes thinking too much means you will lose a shot. In these situations, grab your shot quickly; you may then have time to do another shot with everything set up perfectly.... or you may not, in which case you have at least got something"

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