Learn The Dumb Photography Mistakes You’re Making In Under 15 Minutes

Learn The Dumb Photography Mistakes You’re Making In Under 15 Minutes

Photography is a lot of fun, but there are plenty of mistakes to be made — some of which can even cost you a bit of money. The folks over at DigitalRev, a photo-loving community and camera shop, have put together a short video that quickly points out several errors you’re probably making and teaches you a few tips as well.

Image: Keith Gentry (Shutterstock).

For starters, you’ve probably wasted money on UV filters and lens hoods that you don’t really need. Inexpensive lens caps, on the other hand, are a better investment because they’re easily lost and are vital for protection (unlike a UV filter). There are also several mistakes our brain helps us make, such as trying to act like a more professional photographer rather than just worrying about getting the best shot. We may shoot on manual mode to feel like we’re great, but that can mean missing a great picture because it takes more time.

Automatic modes aren’t perfect, but a great photo has a lot less to do with technical aptitude and a lot more to do with your ability to create an artful composition. Many of the tips are common sense, and also a reminder that we focus too much on specifications and technical aspects rather than just making something awesome. Nonetheless, if you want to improve your photography this video will, at the very least, serve as a helpful reminder about what’s actually important and what isn’t.

50 Quick Photography Tips [DigitalRev via Reddit via Apartment Therapy Tech]


  • UV filters don’t do anything (these days) in regards to altering your photos, but what if you drop your camera while you’re taking a photo and the lens cap is off? If you’re smart, your $25 UV filter will shatter instead of your $500-$1000 lens.

    • If you’ve dropped it, the lens is probably stuffed anyway. A thin piece of glass is going to do basically nothing. I prefer to leave my lens hoods on all the time. Stands a better chance of actually protecting the lens.

      • I dropped my 70-200 f/2.8L IS while it didn’t have a hood on and the filter was cracked by a little rock. If the filter wasn’t on, the front element would have been scratched or cracked. So I recommend having both a filter and a hood on. The more protection the better.

    • He does have another video that spends a bit more time talking about UV filters and in the end he concluded that it would be worth getting one for protection. I think what this video was trying to show is that UV filters don’t actually make much (if any) difference to the quality of the image, I suppose the point wasn’t emphasised enough and made it seem like they’re totally useless

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