In our 35-plus years of providing photography in Perth, we have seen a lot of photographs. Some have been great and some have been bad. We are often asked what amateurs can do to take better photographs. While a full answer detailing all of our experience would probably take 35 years, one thing we can do is provide a list of common mistakes that we see from amateurs.
If you want to stand still, you will make a great plant. But if you want to be a photographer, you have to move around. You need to find the best angle, distance and lighting for a shot. That means moving to the left, right, up, down, away and toward. If you stand still, the only way you are going to get a decent photograph is by accident.
Admiring Your Work too Long
Amateur photographers are proud of their work and tend to admire their shots after taking them. Unfortunately, they can miss the best shots because they are busy looking at the ones they just took. Stay alert.
Failure to Keep Camera up while Adjusting Settings
If you want to be a pro, you have to learn how to adjust settings while keeping the camera up to your eye. This means you have to memorise where all of the buttons are. It is a small price to pay for capturing moments you might otherwise miss.
Blocking your Face with the Camera while Giving Instructions
If you have a nice camera, it is going to be big enough to block your face. If you try to give instructions from behind it, your words will be muffled and people might not even know you are talking to them.
Failure to Square Up Your Camera
Your camera must be level while taking a professional picture. If there is a horizon in your photo, it must be level in the picture or it will serve as a distraction. If you can’t do this on your own, outfit your viewfinder with a grid.
“I’ll Fix it Later”
No, you won’t. Do it right the first time.
Bottom line: if you want professional photographs, hire a professional photographer. For the best professional photography in Perth, call (08) 6468 5961.