• Wednesday , 23 May 2018

Photography Mistakes: Stop Screwing Up Your Shots!

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Mistakes are common in photography. Here’s a checklist I created to help me avoid the worst of them so that I don’t screw up that perfect shot.

Before the Shoot
– Charge battery in the camera, spare in the bag
– Empty memory card in the camera, spare in the bag
– Camera set to shoot raw
– Picture size to large
– Picture control to your preference (neutral is mine)
– ISO set to desired value, usually 100
– Camera in right mode (aperture priority or manual)
– Shutter release set to your preference (single or mirror up)

During the Shoot
– Once composition is set, lock down tripod legs, ballhead, and camera plate
– Check focus and depth of field
– Before each shot inspect lens and filters for dust or water drops
– After each shot review your histogram and highlight warning, adjust exposure or bracket if necessary
– Check the corners and edges of each shot for distracting elements or important elements that are cut off
– Check for lens flare
– Bracket a few shots for white balance
– If shoot moving objects, try different shutter speeds

After the Shoot
Celebrate your kick ass shot!

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  1. David Green
    June 23, 2017 at 03:36

    What do you have against lens hoods ? – wide angle lenses have light coming in from all manor of angles , yet YOU shoot without a lens hood – is that ANOTHER professional tip ?!!!!! ( not everyone shoots with Cokin style filter systems )

  2. David Green
    June 23, 2017 at 03:36

    I just luuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuv the poser strap (NOT )

  3. Lana
    June 23, 2017 at 03:36

    Lol ! the beginning, I was laughing so much ?

  4. Anton Sion
    June 23, 2017 at 03:36

    hahaa love the intro 🙂 Cheers for the tips!

    June 23, 2017 at 03:36

    0:45 When the cringe is too strong.

  6. chinmay kamat
    June 23, 2017 at 03:36

    Dude, what about lens hoods for avoiding lens flares?

  7. Immortal Vision
    June 23, 2017 at 03:36

    Thanks for the tips!

  8. Ewout Honig
    June 23, 2017 at 03:36

    I think we could have done without the first 30 seconds.
    Moving on…

  9. phoTALKraphy
    June 23, 2017 at 03:36

    give him some slack, he's a photographer not a videographer ?

    see my take on this, TOP 10 PHOTOGRAPHY MISTAKES (and how to fix them) on my channel!

  10. shubha jaggi
    June 23, 2017 at 03:36

    Such a humorous and well explained one!!!!

  11. Loveleen Bhanot
    June 23, 2017 at 03:36

    Hi Josh, It was extremely informative . Could you please suggest if you have any tutorial for capturing sea and beaches ? What different exposures should we use to capture the right pictures around sunsets and sunrises. Would really appreciate your help. Thanks.

  12. basic bitch Photography
    June 23, 2017 at 03:36

    acting 101

  13. Pete Lucchini
    June 23, 2017 at 03:36

    You missed one special SNAFU and I have done this.
    Forget to install your memory card, or leave it at home.
    I was shooting with my F3 years ago fantastic light some fisherman caught a huge sea trout I was in my canoe along the flats the sun was setting on the gulf flaming clouds streaked over head the water was pure wave less glass. I have my trusty 24mm fill flash going guy is holding up his trophy catch, big sucker as well. My MD-4 is blazing frame after frame. I get the guys phone number he is stoked I am stoked. Until I get home and hit the rewind on the MD-4 and hear an instant familiar click, click, click…. The film never cough the teeth on the feed spool, not a damn photo was taken… Never called the guy as well bummer lesson learned.

  14. April Sowell
    June 23, 2017 at 03:36

    Great tips. Thanks. I noticed that by not using an external mic you made a major boo boo in filming. But you probably already knew this by the time you got to post production. Keep one in the car if you are outside most of the time doing your videos.

  15. YIZZLE
    June 23, 2017 at 03:36

    Yoo that intro thooo

  16. Senthil Ram
    June 23, 2017 at 03:36

    I thought to learn something here but such a waste of time

  17. Laxmi Sherpa
    June 23, 2017 at 03:36

    Love that sense of humour lol …. thanx for the awesome tips… (Y)

  18. InTheNameOfJustice
    June 23, 2017 at 03:36

    This may sound mean spirited because….well, because it will be but after watching that intro I wanted to be the lucky guy who got to drop a 70lb boulder on your head for the shoulder wipe shit.

  19. perry mackay
    June 23, 2017 at 03:36

    i don't even know how to change the shutter speed

  20. munduri viswanadh
    June 23, 2017 at 03:36

    Please avoid water sounds it's disturbing your voice

  21. Nasi J
    June 23, 2017 at 03:36

    ??? I did some of them. I hope not to do more mistake after this video ?

  22. Nasi J
    June 23, 2017 at 03:36

    oooh I just saw the beginning and I laughed a lot; this is my mistake; high ISO. … how much I laughed ?
    I should continue watching…

  23. Anastas Tarpanov
    June 23, 2017 at 03:36

    I screwed in every way mention in the video at least a couple of times 😉

  24. Akil Akil
    June 23, 2017 at 03:36

    subscribed ..enjoyed your sense of humor!!

  25. Roberto Bellezo
    June 23, 2017 at 03:36


  26. SSS Creative Designs
    June 23, 2017 at 03:36

    Great wall art for any photographer, check out this great wall art print: https://www.etsy.com/listing/513603651/life-is-like-a-camera-motivational-wall

  27. shidpro photography
    June 23, 2017 at 03:36

    This is totally fun but i learnt out of it thanks

  28. Laura Squeff
    June 23, 2017 at 03:36

    I love that silly celebration he did… 😀

  29. Sotirios Tzanetakos
    June 23, 2017 at 03:36

    I just did the "self timer" mistake. Not ten minutes ago.

  30. Felipe Bezerra
    June 23, 2017 at 03:36

    I'd like to add a thing: sometimes I forget to reset the exposure compensation dial. I wish my camera would reset it to 0 stop after I power it off.

  31. Frank Doorhof
    June 23, 2017 at 03:36

    Recognizable mistakes. Indeed sounds obvious but millions make them so great to point them out.

    Great presentation but audio is not up to the same level as the rest 😉 but doesn't take away from the message.

  32. Will Herondale
    June 23, 2017 at 03:36

    Wondering why it's so dark while still having the lens cap on

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