5+ Bad Photography Habits you Need to Stop Now

In the digital era, ease of use and access sprouted some habits though some might be useful, some are not.

Now that almost every electronic device has a built in camera, photography on an amateur level seems to be going a bit out of context regarding the whole concept and understanding of taking a photo.

Taking into account mobile phones/tablet, pocket cams and dslrs, here are some bad habits you need to stop:

For mobile photo users

Fingers pinching to zoom tablet's screen

- Do not zoom in onto the subject using your fingers, the mobile has no zooming capabilities except for very few ones (that have a bulge in the lens area) ... when you zoom, you'd be taking a crop out of your already small sensor that would result in distorted pixels that have no detail and therefore, it is recommended that you do not zoom at all.

Apply filters in Instagram application on Apple iPhone 5S

- Do not abuse your images with too many filters. Although you may get lovely results at times, other times can ruin the quality and render you photo useless. Always go to info of your filter generated image to check image size and see if its still the same; some filter apps may reduce image size as well.

For dslr and zoom compacts users

Close up of a photographer using a dslr camera

- Do not hold your lens from the side as that might obstruct the pop up flash (when needed) and render your image useless. Always hold the lens from below as it also gives a better balance to your gear.

- Zooming in onto the subject gets a different result than physically getting close. The more you zoom in the narrower the angle gets resulting in unnatural proportions between subject, foreground and background; if that is the aim then go for it otherwise come closer to the subject to get your desired output. Do note that getting close using wide angle, standard and/or tele would give totally different results respectively.

- While zooming in, do not use auto mode, instead you need to have control on the shutter. Using the telephoto side of your lens when handheld multiplies/exaggerates the risk of blurry takes and therefore you need to use a faster shutter, or use a tripod (recommended)

For all camera users

- Do not over click same area/frame, as this would result in multiple similar images and overcrowd your storage space with useless repetitions. Having less similar images would also make you and those who view your shots enjoyable rather than boring, when going over and over seeing the same thing.

Hope those are good for now :)

If you have comments or additional don't(s) please write them down below

Photo credits: Antonio Guillem, Odua, Pressureua.

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July 07, 2018


Thanks for sharing!

June 21, 2018


It is very useful blog, I think clicking many times of the same area is useful sometimes because you can choose the best photo you want and then you can delete those unwanted images.

June 05, 2018


Very useful advice

May 23, 2018


Yes, right ... but if u use a tripod, focus should be more controlled and hence less blurry images. Don't forget that two factors play a role here, first is the narrow depth of field as you get closer to the subject and second, are the shaky hands when macro (narrow angle of view). But yes, if you have no tripod option at the time, several shots might be helpful :)

May 22, 2018


i disagree with the last tip, "do not click over same area.. etc" i just beginner in close up macro, learn to manually focus, if i take only one shot, the probability i got blurry image with one shot is 99,9% i guess, so i prefer take as many as i can while the insect still available

May 21, 2018


useful blog... thanks for sharing.

May 21, 2018


Useful repetition of good advice :)

May 21, 2018


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May 20, 2018


it's all true!

May 20, 2018


Regarding Jets, its impossible not to zoom ... i'm just specifying the tendency to abuse the zoom in all situations where one of them might just be its misinterpreted usage :)In wildlife, its definitely needed to zoom in, so you don't end up bothering their habitat and natural behaviors or being attacked by some territorial or hungry animal ...As for new mobile phones, ones you mentioned ... its as if you are cropping from the original pixel count and adding the nr (noise reduction) filter, only if you abuse it to its limit when it shows bad results.Thanks for pointing those out :)

May 20, 2018


actually iam using an iphone x at the moment and when i used it to zoom some speed jets in the sky the result wasnt bad and when i used a noice removal ap the pic looked clear.also with the new huawe p20 you can use the big zoom and get sharp images without pixelation.but i agree i dont like to use the zoom in my cell phone but when i have a dslr with me its impossible not to zoom when the subject is far way and there is no way to approach it.specially when you are shooting the wildlife

May 20, 2018


Technology is developing so quickly, it's useful information, thanks for sharing.

May 19, 2018


Great pointers! I have to agree with the physical zoom vs the digital zoom. Remember the best zoom a photographer has is himself.

May 19, 2018


Nice blog, thanks for sharing, I agree with you.

May 18, 2018


Good points. Agree on that fact about not to zoom while using mobile phone camera.

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