8 common mistakes you can avoid

Photography is a hobby where a lot can go wrong.It doesn't take much sometimes the simplest thing can ruin a good picture.
You will probably experience a few,well maybe a lot of times when you will feel very foolish.This is not really your fault.It's the shroud of mystery that hangs over all the photographer.Why would anyone leave their favourite lens at home?How could anyone set down a loaded camera bag in a busy airport and leave it to make a phone call?Strange things can,and do,happen to photographer.

REMOVES YOUR LENS CAP
You've certainly heard jokes about photographers forgetting to remove their lens cap.There is some truth to this old line.Many photographerleace that lens cap on until the last minute.When an event unfolds and call for fast action,these photographers miss the shot because they have to remove a lens cap at the wrong time.You can avoid this by getting your lens cap off early.Use a UV-haze filter to protect your lens and don't worry about last minute lens-cap failures.

CHECK YOUR LIGHT READING
Don't always believe what you see.In camera light meters can often be fooled by various types of lighting canditions.For example,taking an accurate meter reading of a skier who is surrounded by snow can be immpossible for some meters.Get to know your meter well.Invest in independent meters when you can,and don't believe every reading your in camera meter gives you.Bracket shots with at least one exposure above and below recommended readings to assure yourself a reasonable chance at a good exposure.

CHECK YOUR CAMERA SETTINGS
Many cameras allow for either automatic or manual exposure settings.If you switch back and forth between these two types of shooting situations,you will probably find some occasion when you think that you are in full-auto mode while you are actually in manual mode.Make sure that your automatic settings are engaged properly if you plan to put your camera on autopilot.

WATCH OUT FOR REFLECTIONS
Firing an electronic flash in the direction of a reflective surface,such as a window,glass door,or televisyen screen is going to result in bounce-back lighting that you won't want in your picture.Position subjects away from reflective backgrounds when using flash units to light your scenes.

IS YOUR CAMERA SECURE?
A broken camera body or lens cap can be an expensive lesson in the hard knocks of photography.If you use a camera strap,be sure that the connections between the strap and camera are secure.Many common types of snaps become worn and can allow a camera to be lost.Wrap duct tape around the snaps to make sure that your valuable equipment doesn't drop suddenly to the ground.
You may not like the idea of using duct tape.It is not the most attractive type of material to use,but it is very effective.As an alternative,you could replace typical snaps with lock rings or other more dependable closures.

GUARD YOUR GEAR
Never set your camera bag down in a public place.While you are composing a picture,some theif may be making off with your gear.I know many photographers who have lost expensive equipment in zoo,airports, and even at weddings!Keep your stuff close at hand at all the times.A photo vest is one of your best protections in this situation.

BEWARE OF LENS HOODS
Wide-angle lenses and lens hoods don't always go together well.When i bought my first 24mm lens,I installed a rubber lens hood on it.Every picture I took with the lens had a strange,black border around it.I was puzzled.Finnaly,I realized that it was the lens hood giving me trouble.After removing the accessory,the lens worked fine.Don't let lens hoods ruin your wide-angle photography.

ELIMINATE SHADOWS AND RED EYE
Shadows and the red-eye syndrome are frequently the two most common mistakes makes made in flash photography.You can avoid red eye by keeping your flash positioned away from your lens.The further the better.Shadows are going to show up on light backgrounds when a subject is lit from straight ahead.Either light your subject from high above or from one or both sides to reduce shadow problems

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