Tony Hakim photography explores 5 problems you may encounter when shooting.
1. Blurry images
A lot of new budding photographers report that their shots really aren’t turning out as crisp and smooth as they would like. Blurriness typically occurs when the full stream of light rays returning to the image sensor becomes distorted. This is usually caused by the user, when they move while taking the photo. To avoid blurry images, increase the shutter speed on your camera to reduce the expose sure time, or use a tripod to ensure the camera remains perfectly still during shooting.
Often new photographers will max out all the settings on their new cameras thinking more is better in every regard, however increasing your camera’s ISO can result in a lot of noise. ISO is basically how sensitive your camera is to light and making it too sensitive can bring out elements you don’t really want in your shot; for instance too many stars in the sky at night.
3. Hard work doesn’t always make a better picture
Working hard at taking a photo and wishing for the best doesn’t always turn out the way you want. Unlike other disciplines, photography cannot be ramrodded to success. Putting in the time to learn and do better will help, but sometimes it’s better to abandon a shot than try and force something that won’t happen.
4. Your camera is like your TV remote
It has a lot of buttons but you really only need to know how to use a few. DSLRs come riddled with buttons on the sides and back, some even with buttons on the front. Like we mentioned in the ‘10 tips for all beginners’ post, take the time to play with the features on your camera. Camera ownership is one of the few disciplines where reading the user manually is actually a good idea.
5. Red eye
Even the most novice photographers have experienced the dreaded red eye on a shot. Red eye arises from the flash of your camera reflecting off the retina of your subject. To avoid this you can find ways to reduce the need for flash, increase the light source in the shot, getting your subject to look slightly away from the centre of the lens or using double flash if your camera has that feature.