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3 Mistakes Beginner Photographers Make

A lot of becoming a successful photographer is learning through the process of making mistakes and fixing your errors the next time around, but there are common mistakes most of us make when we are first starting, and it is worth knowing what they are so you can avoid them in the first place. This great video details three common mistakes beginner photographers make. 

Coming to you from David Manning, this excellent video discusses three common mistakes beginner photographers make. Of them, I think the first two (checklists and managing expectations) are particularly important. It is crucial to always remember that clients often severely underestimate the amount of work that goes into producing a finished photograph (particularly on the post-processing side of things), and as such, they often expect wildly different results than you can reasonably deliver. That is why it is so important to manage their expectations from the very beginning to avoid any misunderstandings down the road. When it comes to checklists, these can be a lifesaver, particularly since forgetting one important accessory or step can totally derail a shoot. I still keep them on my phone for various scenarios, no matter how many times I have already done them. 

Check out the video above for the full rundown. 

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Joe Svelnys's picture

Lesson 1 reminded me of a conversation between Scotty and La Forge on Star Trek (next gen)...

La Forge: Yeah, well, I told the Captain I’d have this analysis done in an hour.
Scotty: How long will it really take?
La Forge: An hour!
Scotty: Oh, you didn’t tell him how long it would *really* take, did ya?
La Forge: Well, of course I did.
Scotty: Oh, laddie. You’ve got a lot to learn if you want people to think of you as a miracle worker.

Two things learned, it is good advice, and second, Scotty was a bit of a lair! haha :)

Lee Christiansen's picture

Scotty was a wise man indeed. :)

Lee Christiansen's picture

1 mistake beginner video makers make...

NOT KNOWING HOW TO EDIT... :)

Sheesh, there's a jump cut for every sentence. Learn to talk for more than just 10 words before needing to pop an edit in there.

Has the online world completely forgotten the language of television?
Can people not speak for more than 10 seconds without needing to remind themselves what the next sentence is?
Autocue for those who can't cope with the above two points?

Maybe this is the sad new world of internet video, where people telling us how to be great at stuff, just don't care about actually being, well... great at stuff. Or maybe it is just internet wannabes being lazy?

Michael Carter's picture

I notice this too and I see it all the time. I'm afraid to tell you that this is just the new way.

Brahm Sterling's picture

I don't like the typography used for "Manning" since it looks like Mayyiyg.