Top 5 Beginner Photographer Mistakes – Mike Browne

and I stay out here this morning so I
thought I’d come and sit on the wall drink some coffee and a little chat with
you about it’s a very common mistakes that I see beginner photographers make
but first of all why do you make them why do those mistakes come from well
very often it’s from confusion because you encounter a problem you go online to
look for a solution and there is acres of amazing free stuff out there online
for some incredible tutors just like me however how do you know which order you
need to put that information together so you don’t get confused so you don’t make
mistakes how do you know how to string those different solutions those
different answers those different bits of learning together appropriately for
the shot that you want to take we’re gonna play with some sausages later to
show you now one of the things I would suggest and this is also a mistake is
people say to me well why would I buy an online course when I can get a lot of
free stuff on YouTube well I’ve just kind of told you when you buy a course
or a workshop or any training from me or anyone else for that matter what you’re
paying for is a guide to take you through that confusion to make sure you
do know the order in which you need to put things together so let’s go have a
little look at some of the most common mistakes I see beginner photographers
make let’s find out here’s a really good place to do it I’ve taken this shot
loads of times I know it well and that’s why I thought I’d bring you here this is
a tricky exposure what am i bringing you somewhere where it’s tricky it’s because
that’s when these mistakes will happen so let’s have a little look at our shot
I’m gonna see if I can roll a little bit of video in here so I can show you what
I’m thinking look nice we’ve got a little bit of reflection going on down
there in the water so we got the house and we’ve got the sky but the sky is
quite bright when compared to the house you see how that exposures changing
that’s because my camera meter is changing the exposure according to what
I’ve pointed out so it is your camera meter always right let’s take a picture
if I just line the shot up here we go I am on evaluative metering
so if we just line that shot up is measuring the entire scene and I take
this picture wait for a gap in the traffic and there it goes
that’s what we’ve got is that right dono what do you want you have to realize
that you have to be in control of your your your photography you’re the one who
has to decide what you want so what if we increase the exposure a little bit
because I think that looked just a tad dark how about this one let’s try again
there I’ve got a car in that one because I don’t waste time look first one a
little bit darker next one a little bit brighter so was the camera meter right
or did I have to step in and tell it what it needed to do let’s just take a
little look at that shall we so I’m going to put my camera on to spot
metering and let’s do a spot meter now my spot is pretty much in the middle of
the frame so if I meter our shot it looks like this mm not bad but what
happens if the spot isn’t on a darker area what happens if the spot is
somewhere else what happens if it was on something a little brighter well that’s
not very good is it the spot was on that horizon that bright area kind of
underneath the tree what happens if the spot is in a darker area if I move it so
it goes in kind of under the bridge where the water’s quite dark there
what’s going to happen if we meter down there if I just move it against it’s not
in the right place here we go I’m just going to meet her down there and I’m not
gonna wait for the traffic because again we’ll be here all day look at the
difference right so these are all spot metered which one is right
see how these things start to join up bit like a string of sausages the thing
you’ve got to realize is spot metering isn’t best spot metering is more precise
but unless you understand how a camera meters light how into
corporates that metering into what it’s going to do to your exposure it’s just
going to cause you confusion let’s just take a little look at that because in
the vast majority of cases which settings you apply I’m really going to
make a lot of difference now here’s our shot let’s just get it focused and lined
up let’s take that shot at six forty at five six now let’s take that shot at 250th of F eight now let’s take that
shot at one hundred and sixtieth at f/11 and have a little look back through them
because look it’s the same thing people get terribly hung up as beginners and
they make this huge mistake of trying to copy settings
the thing is settings change all the time just now we had to pause filming
because one of these little bits of fluffy cloud going on up there went
across the Sun it changed the light that changes the settings unless you are
shooting within the infinity distance of the lens then the aperture isn’t really
going to make any difference and the shutter speed is only there to control
movement that’s why there are so many of them so unless you want to freeze or
blur movement it ain’t really gonna make a great deal a difference yes they do
but they do a lot more than that as well look I’m gonna put my glasses down here
let’s just take a little picture off them so if I move back a bit with the
lens at about fifty five millimeters and just get them in focus and take a shot
then zoom the lens double the focal length move back
take the shot again put them in roughly the same place I think there and if I
double it again and take the same picture again reckon it’s about here and
doing this very roughly there if we just look at those pictures all three are
different but the glasses are very much the same size in each shot I’ve done a
free video about this I go way more in depth in one of my
courses and it’s a common mistake people make they’re cutting off so much of
their own creativity now if you’re someone who’s going to argue with what
I’ve just demonstrated yes you’re right but it’s a very technical explanation
and if you’re a beginner and you’re confused with some things you really
want to go into all that stuff about cropping away pixels and it’s the
distance not the lens the end effect is make that longer move yourself the
picture looks like this no don’t what they do is they make great image files
but what you put into that image file that’s your choice that’s not a camera
function that is a photographer function and I think this is probably one of the
biggest mistakes a beginner photographer can ever make
think about it how often have you been summer and you thought you’ll have a
little go at controlling the camera it’s not quite going as well as you’d hoped
so you bang it onto Auto and you give responsibility back to the camera but
actually what the camera did an auto still wasn’t working either that’s
because of the other problems the other beginner mistakes we’ve just been
looking at now don’t feel bad if you don’t know these things how can you know
them there’s loads of things we don’t know when we’re beginning with something
myself everybody in the world we’ve got to begin somewhere we’ve got to learn
somewhere so these are some of the mistakes that you need to avoid great
cameras this to me is the biggest do not take great pictures they make great
image files what’s in those files is up to you does your camera know what
exposure it needs to take the picture how bright or how dark does it know
where to stand what angle to shoot from to get a great composition does it know
the decisive moment when to open the shutter to capture a look to capture a
glance to capture the Sun breaking through the clouds to light up the
mountains or to capture a lover’s kiss these are all photographer functions and
you do need to know your camera settings and your controls in order to string
them together in the appropriate order so that you can get the picture
sausage time now look so look imagine would you want the picture to look like
where you gonna stand to take it what exposure do you need to get it oh dear
they’re all sort of tied up together which aperture which shutter speed which
ISO how long a lens do you want etc all these questions they all string together
and that is your photo I’m sorry I couldn’t resist that but in all
seriousness I’m pure confusion all the rest of it yeah there’s some great free
training out there I totally agree but if you didn’t know which order to put
together the information it’s going to add to your confusion rather than clear
it up so I hope your these beginning mistake 7 has some value to you if they
have we’d really like to know more about what’s confusing you what are the things
you’re confused by what are the mistakes you found yourself making what are the
things you’d really work hard to try and fix put them in the comments below
because we’d love to hear from you and maybe just maybe if you come up with a
good enough question I might make a video and give you a shout out to try
and answer your specific question can’t promise those so don’t be disappointed
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