We’ve all done it, we’ve all made the mistake. No matter which one it is, we’re guilty of it. You. Him. Her. Them. Me. Whether it’s ‘selective color’ editing everything or buying way too much gear, we’ve all done it. There’s no shame in it, it allows us to figure out what’s right and wrong for us individually. It’s important, however, to focus on honing our skills and moving forward instead of sticking with one cool thing we’ve figured out.
5. Color Pop
I say this one at the top of the list because it’s not necessarily a bad thing because some thing can look amazing with secretive color editing, or color popping. I’ve heard some people say that it’s something you should never do, but I don’t speak in absolutes and in my opinion there are plenty of fantastic images that are black and white except one specific color popping out. Whether it’s a dramatic landscape or a romantic wedding portrait, there are times when this can be useful, however, in the beginning we often do this a lot and think it’s the coolest thing because it’s something we’ve discovered and for that reason I have to put this at the top of the list.
4. Starting A Facebook Page, Immediately
I get it. We buy a camera (finally) and with reason to show the world that we are serious about photography, and want to share it with the world. So what do we need to do in order to do that? A Business page on Facebook, of course. Whether it’s ‘Butterfly Shutter Photography’ or ‘Tony Jones Photography’, it’s something we all think about: our own platform to show the world what we can do. So we do it and invite all of our friends, and then encourage our friends to invite their friends. Even if we only have 50 total pictures on our computers. We’re ready for the world! Or maybe not.
3. Buy Too Much Gear
Camera body, 3 lenses, 4 batteries, a portable charger, a tripod, a monopod, an artistic carrying case (think leather), a studio kit from Amazon, 3 memory cards of varying sizes, and insurance. Only 3 of these things are important, 4 if you do this professionally (it’s the insurance). We figure out what we want vs what we need, we sell off the extra pieces, return others, and give the rest away. It’s so easy to binge shop for all the pretty things when you’re starting to fall in love with this beautiful medium of art.
2. HDR (High Dynamic Range)
At first we feel like we’re about to redefine the artistic world as we know it, but the more often we do it the more we realize this isn’t how we are suppose to edit everything. Every photo: lift the shadows, darken the highlights, turn up the saturation or vibrancy and export. Done! Or so we think. This is before we learn about proper exposures, multiple exposures, and even bracketing in the camera itself.
1. Take (Too Much) Advice From Online Bloggers
We have a website, a .com presence, but it doesn’t mean you should listen to us, we’re just here to help guide you. Consider us like presets: we’re not here to finish your presentation, we’re here to help you along to your own finished work; to fuel your inspiration. You take away what you like and you leave the rest. Some of the things we say will work for you, some of the things we say won’t work for you, but it’s up to you to figure out which is which and I’m confident you will do just fine.