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Take good photos: these beginner mistakes should be avoided!

Every photographer, no matter how great, started out small at some point and everyone made mistakes at the beginning. Anyone who says the opposite is lying. When we started out as photographers, we made many, many mistakes.

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And of course we still make mistakes today. It would be boring if not.

You just never stop learning and that's a good thing!

Fortunately, we left typical beginner mistakes behind us relatively quickly and you should do that to us right away.

So today we're going to tell you 6 typical beginner mistakes so that you can avoid them in the future.

Because if you don't pay attention to these things, you won't get good photos.

So, try to memorize the 6 beginner mistakes so that you can make sure to do better in the future.

Read our other photo tips as well

# 1 Take pictures in automatic mode only

Mistake # 1 is one of the classic rookie mistakes. You buy an expensive SLR camera and just start taking pictures, in automatic mode of course. It's really easy and the pictures even look pretty good.

Of course we did it exactly the same way for a while and we were also satisfied with these automatic images for a short time. But that didn't last long, because you quickly realize that you need more than just the automatic mode to take good photos.

After we started dealing with topics like aperture, manual exposure and white balance, the ice was broken for us and we fell in love all over again with our cameras and photography.

Of course, our pictures also got better quickly. If you want to take good photos, you inevitably have to deal with the functionality and manual settings of your camera. From your feedback on our photography articles, we have learned that many people fail precisely because of this camera technology.

The technology is actually not that complicated and can actually be a lot of fun. This also resulted in our 22places online photography course, in which we explain the technology in simple words and thus give our participants back the fun of photography.

And since that works, we can take away your fear of technology with a clear conscience. Dare to use the manual settings, explore your camera and you will see that you will see a development very quickly.

Our tip: If you are just starting to take pictures, deal with the technical basics right away and don't put it off before you. The result is that your camera will soon collect dust on the shelf and that would be a very, very unfortunate thing. Understanding the technology of your camera is not as difficult as you might think and you will not regret it and you will quickly have more fun taking photos.

# 2 Take pictures without thinking

Many beginners tend to just snap a shot with their new cameras without worrying about how the picture should look in the end.

No thought is wasted about what the optimal background for a subject looks like or what the best image section is.

When sorting out at home, there is often a rude awakening when the pictures don't look the way you imagined.

If you're lucky, you might be able to crop the picture and get something out of it. Most of the time, you can just throw the picture away.

The picture below is a wonderful example of a “just-shoot-it-go” photo. The thought here was probably: “Ooooh, the TV tower. Photo! ”And then the shutter button was pressed without any sense or understanding.

You can see the result: no composition, the power line of the tram goes straight across the subject and to top it all off, the tower is also crooked.

Our tip: When you have found a motif, think about what the finished picture should look like beforehand. Move around with your camera in hand to find the ideal image section and don't rely on the fact that you can get a lot more out of the computer.

Study the rules of composition. If you want to take good photos, composition is a very, very important topic that you shouldn't ignore.

Also read our image composition tips

# 3 Boring composition

Once you've overcome mistake # 2, that doesn't guarantee great pictures. Very often we see pictures of really beautiful subjects that are not badly photographed, but are still incredibly boring.

Especially when you are photographing well-known sights, you have to come up with something special to give the motif a personal and new touch.

Most photographers are familiar with the fact that the main subject is not placed in the middle. Nevertheless, every now and then it takes a little more sophistication to get a good picture.

The two pictures of the television tower in Berlin show what we mean quite well. The first photo shows a simple shot of the tower. The picture is just boring and can actually go straight to the trash. The second picture, on the other hand, is more interesting. Here only a section of the motif was photographed and the airplane gives the picture a special touch.

Our tip: Find extraordinary perspectives. Lie on the floor, climb up somewhere, work with reflections, photograph a detail or look for an additional element that enhances your photo.

More interesting shot of the television tower

# 4 Picking up too many pictures

Who does not know this: You come back from a photo tour or a trip and have a mountain of hundreds or even thousands of pictures in front of you that want to be viewed and sorted out on the computer.

Now is the time to radically sort out. Again took 20 pictures of the television tower, all of which are quite similar and only differ in nuances? Then away at 18 and only keep two of them. Everything else is unnecessary ballast and only takes up storage space pointlessly.

Even if it may be difficult at first, it will bring you a lot in the long run. We always get annoyed when we open a folder with pictures from a long journey and find 3,000 pictures there.

If only we had sorted out the 300 best pictures back then.

Our tip: Be radical. Delete pictures that are not special or have no emotional value for you.

If you don't have the heart, then at least make a selection with the best pictures and create archive folders where you store all the other pictures. You will never look at them again, but you don't have to take the difficult step of deleting them.

# 5 Too much photo editing

Photoshop does it. This is the attitude of many photographers and beginners in particular are very receptive to it. Photoshop, Lightroom & Co. are without question great tools, but you should use them with care.

Just turning the Photoshop sliders or taking HDR pictures without any sense or understanding will not get you anywhere and unfortunately it quickly looks embarrassing.

Our tip: First work on the technical basics and your image composition before you deal intensively with the possibilities of image processing.

Editing images isn't bad, but it's not a panacea either. We import, sort and edit our images with the Lightroom program and we can warmly recommend you to take photos in raw format and edit images in Lightroom.

We have even devoted an entire chapter of our photography course to the subjects of raw format photography and image processing.

So we're not kidding here, the subject of image editing is really very important to us.

Another typical mistake, by the way, is to re-sharpen blurred images with the help of an image processing program.

This is not what this function is intended for.

Better take your time and get to know your camera well so that your pictures don't get blurry in the first place.

By the way, we explain the causes of blurry pictures in our article: 13 reasons for blurry photos! Our tips against blurry images.

# 6 Flash at all costs

Uncontrolled flash occurs especially with photographers who have never left the automatic mode of their camera. After all, the flash goes on automatically.

Too bad that a flash is absolutely counterproductive in most situations and completely destroys the lighting mood.

Our tip: Always turn off the flash on your camera. In poor lighting conditions, it is better to set your ISO high or take photos with a tripod. Only when you know the manual setting options on the camera inside out can you deal with the integrated flash or, alternatively, with an external flash.

Taking good photos is not that difficult! What tips do you have?

What mistakes did you make when you started taking photos? Did you recognize yourself in the post? Do you have any questions that you would like to ask us? We look forward to your comment