Ugh, Seriously, It Will Happen If It Hasn’t Already

There is one beautiful thing life gives us all, the ability to make mistakes, for if we were perfect, life becomes boring. Life is better when it’s interesting. Interesting is something photographers should strive for in their photos, and unfortunately in that struggle, life takes over and provides the opportunity for us to make mistakes. I myself have made mistakes as a photographer and I’ve seen many photographers make mistakes at my photography workshops during almost two decades of teaching. It happens. Some mistakes are more common than others, and here are the top ten mistakes many photographers make, or have made:

Mistakes Photographers Make

Ashley poses during one of our exotic photography workshops in the U.S. Virgin Islands. A Rosco green gel is placed over the Hensel beauty dish and with a custom white balance set on the photographer’s camera, the sky naturally turns the opposite color, magenta. Failure to set a custom white balance on the camera will create a green colored model that results as a major mistake in photography.

The number ten mistake photographers have made at one point in their life is, losing their lens cap. Remember the famous “cap keeper?”

The number nine mistake photographers have made at one point in their life is, leaving their battery in the charger block and forgetting to bring it with them.

The number eight mistake photographers have made at one point in their life is, calling themselves a professional photographer because they own an iPhone.

The number seven mistake photographers have made at one point in their life is, to have their camera in the automatic white balance mode while shooting with studio flash.

The number six mistake photographers have made at one point in their life is, to say, “Cheese,” that is so yesterday. Say something funny and original, people will smile more naturally in this manner than something so cliché that they are expecting—give them the unexpected, it works better.

The number five mistake photographers have made at one point in their life is, saying, “I can fix it in Photoshop.” Get it right in the camera to eliminate any mistakes.

The number four mistake photographers have made at one point in their life is, forgetting to bring their camera to the shoot. Seriously, it happens!

The number three mistake photographers have made at one point in their life is, failing to sync the camera shutter speed with their flash. However, this can act as a neutral density filter when shooting outdoors, especially at the beach.

The number two mistake photographers have made at one point in their life is, forgetting to charge their camera battery. Carry a spare to alleviate this problem and make sure it’s charged too.

The number one mistake photographers have made at one point in their life is forgetting to take the lens cap off. Yep, we’ve all done it, including myself.

Mistakes photographers make, studio flash

Playboy Playmate Stephanie Larimore poses during a private photography instruction class with one of my clients. Here the white balance is set manually to 6000K to create a natural warmth in the image. The biggest mistake a photographer can make when using studio flash is to set the camera on automatic white balance mode when working with studio flash. When you shoot with studio flash on automatic white balance, the camera balances to the tungsten modeling lamps, resulting in photos with a “cyan” color cast.

So there you have it, the top ten mistakes every photographer has made at one point in their life, or photographic career for that matter, because we’re human and if we didn’t make any mistakes, life becomes boring. Photographers are in fact interesting humans and sometimes the “Ugh, seriously,” will happen if it hasn’t already. I’ve seen it happen to many photographers while conducting my photography workshops. With that I close, and as always, I ask you not to forget the men and women who proudly serve to protect your freedoms; God Bless them, their families and friends, Rolando.

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