5 Common Mistakes Beginner Photographers Make

Being new to photography can be a bit daunting, as you have to build a variety of technical and creative skills simultaneously in order to create competent and compelling images. This helpful video tutorial discusses five common mistakes new photographers make and what you can do to fix them or avoid them altogether in the first place. 

Coming to you from Jiggie Alejandrino, this great video tutorial talks about five common mistakes new photographers make and what you can do to fix them or avoid them altogether. Of them, I think the one I see the most is placing way too much stock in other photographers' settings. Of course, mastering shutter speed, aperture, and ISO are crucial, but new photographers often think of them as a recipe that can be simply applied to any situation to get the same result. While they can give you a bit of guidance, the scene, lighting, subject matter, creative vision, etc. all differ from image to image, often by quite a large amount, and it is more important to understand how to dial in the correct settings for any given situation rather than to copy and paste. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Alejandrino. 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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Is this site contractually obligated to to post a video or list of "The X number of things photographers are doing wrong" each week? Asking for a friend.

Mistake #1: obsessively reading "listicles"...

The Internet and social media are awash with articles like this one - it's just getting stupid - this post sums up how ridiculous things have got perfectly - maybe fstoppers should publish it instead? 🤣


1. Too many excuses on why they couldn't get the shot
2. Thinking that the exif data matters
3. Never being a master of their gear
4. When they settle for good enough
5. Not giving light any importance

The biggest mistake I made as a beginner was listening to people who only knew a little more about photography than I did. I didn't learn much until I started taking classes at a local college.