Five Lesser Discussed Mistakes Photographers Make

You've probably seen videos and articles that discuss common mistakes photographers tend to make. This great video outlines five less often discussed (though still common) mistakes and how you can correct them to improve your photography work. 

Coming to you from Saurav Sinha, this great video goes over five mistakes that you might not realize you're making. While some photographers might debate the merits of using a UV filter, one mistake that particularly resonated with me was not investing in a top quality tripod. When I was first starting out, I bought a very cheap tripod (I honestly think it was $19, if I remember correctly). In retrospect, it was absolutely insane to trust that flimsy hunk of aluminum to safely hold thousands of dollars worth of fragile camera gear. And though I was lucky that I never had an accident that damaged my gear, I did miss a lot of shots simply because it was such a weak tripod that it did a terrible job of actually holding my equipment steady. When I invested in a proper professional setup, I saw my keeper rate go up markedly. Check out the video above for more helpful tips! 

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user-156929's picture

I like how he uses a smudged UV filter to represent bad quality glass. :-D

Jaap Venhovens's picture

Or using an UV filter for protection ,to take it off for shooting. I thought we had lenscaps for that purpose.

I lost interest when he stated he had 2-3 years experience. Sorry - there is advice from Magnum photographers going cheap now!

Eric Stegall's picture

Filler content with zero value. This is the new F Stoppers, eh?

Rusu Tudor's picture

This has been the new Fstoppers for the past 3 or so years now. There is one or two articles per week that do mean something, but those are also becoming rare. I remember this website 7 years ago, it was one of the epitomes of all things photography goodness.

yanpekar's picture

When talking about usage of negative space, you (the author of the video) may not realise the differences in composition in Western photography and that created in China, for example. Look at Chinese paintings, for example, to understand whether what you call “a mistake” is actually a mistake. The advice to cut the negative space will not be beneficial for editorial photographers shooting for media, as for most images they are required to leave more space where a text can be entered. If you do not leave space on such an image, there is a chance that it will not be accepted by the media.

And you need to buy a UV filter, but take it off when you are going to take a photo? Should we tell him about lens caps?

Ansel Spear's picture

My sides are still hurting from laughing so much; using a UV filter as surrogate lens cap!

I also wonder from where he pulled his stats: a tripod represents 1/10 of the equipment outlay; a good tripod will last between 10-15 years. Must dash. I feel another guffaw coming on.