Good and bad photographic habits that you should adopt or reject (I)

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Let’s be the kind of photographer we are. It is very likely that we have certain habits when it comes to taking pictures that may not exactly help us. Similarly, we are probably interested in knowing other habits that we would like to incorporate into the workflow. We will talk about both cases, but start with the bad habits that we should banish.

These are things that you sometimes do without wanting because you do not recognize it, and sometimes they are the result of wrong knowledge or unconsciously assimilated some of the myths around photography that go around there. In any case, these are habits that you need to correct in good time to take pictures.

Doubt too much

Good and bad photographic habits that you should adopt or reject (I)
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A very common habit is one that has to do with hesitation. Too much time to doubt at any given time can be the cause of losing the perfect picture. And there can be many reasons, for example, because you are ashamed of what people think of you as a photo. For example, in the representation of a stranger on the road situation, which is often unpleasant for many, especially for beginners. When we talk about capturing a more or less “intimate” moment of a stranger like the scream of a woman, things can become even more complicated and doubt can block us and we can not shoot.

Another reason we can doubt when photographing is that we do not always have the camera ready to shoot. Most of the time street photographers know this for a while and therefore give several tips, including the pre-focus, and have chosen a closed aperture that allows for sufficient depth of field and shooting in RAW to provide greater flexibility in subsequent editing. It is also advisable to use the camera in automatic or semi-automatic mode, so that the photo is not lost by manually adjusting the exposure.

Shoot without thinking

Good and bad photographic habits that you should adopt or reject (I)
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Undoubtedly, the immediacy and low cost of digital photography have been some of the causes that currently capture images in a different way without thinking as much as chemical photography. At that time, a photo coil usually did not have more than 36 photos, and it cost money to get them, and so everyone took care of a very special kind now.

Nowadays it seems like sometimes taking a lot of photos and hoping that with a bit of luck it will be good if it is really important to think about what you want to achieve. That’s why we advise you to take the basic steps that you need for a quiet shooting.

Abuse the blast

In line with the previous point, we also recommend that you do not go into series production, which is very common in photography today. Continuous shooting may be necessary in certain circumstances. However, in most cases this is not the case and has negative consequences: you do not really know how to get these pictures, and your hard drives will overflow with pictures (unless you spend a lot of time selecting) and eliminate them The shots that do not work).

Setting the ISO too low

Good and bad photographic habits that you should adopt or reject (I)
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Another habit that we should banish from our practice is to shoot at low ISO levels to avoid noise at all costs. If today’s vast majority of 1600- and 3200-ISO cameras can be photographed without the noise barely audible, we need to eliminate the fear of high sensitivities.

We have to think that a fearful photo is much worse than a noisy photo. In this sense, the basic thing is that it is clear to what value we can express our camera in particular, without the noise is disturbing. When you’re done, you can set the camera so it does not go beyond that bar. With it we can shoot without fear with high sensitivity.

Do not monitor the settings

Good and bad photographic habits that you should adopt or reject (I)
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For example, if we record indoors with ISO 1600 and then go outside and do not look at the selected settings, we can still take photos with that high sensitivity, if we really do not need them (not you) I’ve happened a few times already ) and causes unnecessary noise. Therefore, it is important to always monitor the selected settings so that you will not experience anything like this, especially if you are recording in manual mode and are using a SLR camera (where the viewfinder does not show you when the photo is dark).

Always shoot at the same height

Good and bad photographic habits that you should adopt or reject (I)
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It is a very typical mistake that we all make at some point. Taking pictures always from the same height, can make our photographs are monotonous by having a very similar angle. That is why we must banish the comfort of always taking photos and looking for the most appropriate perspective for the shot in question.

Clean the lens with our clothes

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The third change, another bad habit that you normally see outside, is cleaning the device with an inappropriate material. Especially use our own clothes to clean the front lens of the lens, which is not very suitable because our clothes tend to attract dirt. Therefore, we always have to carry a microfibre cloth in the camera bag (or even in the bag) to perform this task properly.

Believe that shooting in RAW is a lifesaver

Yes, we always say that using the raw format is meant to change certain settings (like white balance) in post production, but at the same time we have to be careful not to over-believe everything in RAW, which we can solve later.

In general, we should think about adjusting all parameters of the exposure, white balance, and other parameters as if it were a single setting, as this is the best way to ensure the best possible picture quality.

Leave work for post-processing

Good and bad photographic habits that you should adopt or reject (I)

In accordance with the above, it is common today to leave certain corrections in place. For example, the composition is very often correctable in post-editing, if something should be established and great caution is required in the recording itself.

A good composition is something fundamental and can not be given up for later. Small errors can be corrected or disturbing elements at the edge of the image can be removed.

Look too closely at the detail

Good and bad photographic habits that you should adopt or reject (I)
Photo of Olli Henze

Another bad habit of many photographers is to want to see all photos 100% on the computer and to deal too much with the details of the pictures. It may happen that a photo leaves something to be desired, either due to noises or little details, but this does not invalidate a good shot when everything else (composition, exhibition, etc.) is perfect.

In addition, it is possible that the image looks flawless despite the printout (unless we want a clear exaggerated size), not to mention it’s only used for a web page. Therefore, you do not have to focus 100% on details and focus more on the image as a whole and on what it transmits (and do not focus on looking for as much detail as possible).

Share all your photographs

Good and bad photographic habits that you should adopt or reject (I)
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Finally, a bad habit associated with social networks and the habit of sharing photos in them. Of course, we do not say that you do not share anything, because this is a good way to get known and receive feedback on our work, but it is important not to go too far.

If we publish too much or share many similar images, we can become heavy and achieve the opposite effect of what we are looking for. For this reason, it is important to choose well what is shared, and to teach only what is really good, so that it can help you to improve your reputation as a photographer or to attract new customers.

Good and bad photographic habits that you should adopt or reject (I)
Photo by Andrew E Weber

And with this we finish for today but, as always, we thank you for your contribution through the comments; in this case to tell us if you have seen reflected in some of the bad habits that we have discussed or if you know others worth mentioning.

* Cover photo | Benjamin Combs on Unsplash

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