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Like life, is not black and white

There are so many rules and convoluted attitudes that seem to be blindly accepted by both amateurs and experienced photographers. Most of them once believed in one or more myths about photography, especially in the early days of dealing with this art, when you consciously follow any advice that someone (seemingly) more experienced.

From the equipment that you must possess to the content that has to be found on your website, the Wix Photography blog has selected the 10 most common misconceptions that fans of a good photo fall in to throw a new light on them and question how much they really are.

Being a photographer is so easy

Making a photo is easy, but being a photographer is certainly not. Everyone can push the button, but capturing truly impressive frames requires a lot of experience, skills and dedication. The complexity of photography may be something photographers only understand, because its challenges usually go unnoticed by an unused eye.

And let’s not just talk about how hard it is to start a photo shoot! It’s as if everyone is convinced that you are living from making some photos on weekends, without thinking of all the managerial skills, marketing efforts, and hours of photo fixing behind.

Superior photos

Require expensive equipment

As you do not make this expensive piano purchase a good musician, throwing a pile of money on a set of appliances will not turn you into a good photographer. As Ansel Adams said: “The most important component of the camera is 12 inches behind it.” And while professional equipment allows for greater flexibility and consistent results, which can help with easier engagement, in the end, it all depends on the skills and knowledge of the photographer.

Therefore, before spending thousands of cash units on fancy devices or lenses, get the most out of the equipment you own. Conquer each of its functions and options and invest in expanding your education. You do not have to look far to see countless bad photos made with very expensive equipment or stunning cadres captured by the smartphone. After all, this myth was also broken by some practical (and entertaining) experiments.

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Make as many black and white photos as you can

Called “spray and pray”, this technique assumes that making hilada consecutive photos will increase the chance of getting one that stands out. It may sound like a good idea, but in reality it usually leads to less interesting photos and much more work on their arrangement.

Limit to a certain number of photos per day, as if you were actually filming a movie. Careful consideration of each exposure will lead to much better frames and, of course, take less time to view and process.

You need a huge portfolio

You can fall into temptation to upload hundreds of photos daily to your website so that customers see everything you do, but when it comes to presenting your own work, choose quality before quantity. Select only the best works from the style or genre you want to do. Specifically – does not make a neonatal gallery if you want to engage exclusively as a sports photographer, regardless of how sweet those babies are.

Customers do not want to scroll through dozens of landscapes or portraits – they just want to see what you’re capable of doing. If you have a rich portfolio, share your photos on social networks and link those channels to your site so that visitors can go there if they want to see more of your works.

Manual is the best mode of operation

“You are not a true photographer if you do not use the manual (manual) mode of work!” Have you heard this before? Here’s the thing – you definitely should learn how to take a picture in manual mode. It is part of mastering the use of equipment and will dramatically increase your technical skills. This, however, does not mean that you need to paste the buttons of your device for this mode to avoid using other settings.

Each scene or subject comes with specific requirements, and this sometimes includes quick responses to rapidly changing conditions. Do not hesitate to use the shutter or shutter settings if the event development requires it, because the best mode is selected according to each situation.


When you create black and white photos you must know some rules

You need to use a tripod

Although it seems like an easy job, making a good black and white photo is actually a very difficult thing, there are various rules that must be respected. Its use will have a major impact on the sharpness of the photos and will allow exploring new perspectives, shutter speeds, and even genres. However, too much reliance on the tripod (not literally!) Can negatively affect your work.

Photographers sometimes tend to set up a tripod before they plan a frame, which significantly narrows the possibilities. In other cases, they simply leave their device whenever they can not carry the tripod at the same time, thus missing the many opportunities for photography that appear on the way. Do not be afraid to simply hold your camera or use a wall or a rock when you do not have a tripod with you.

Processing is cheating

There is widespread misconception that the processing of photos was made with Photoshop software, although it was actually created in parallel with the photo itself, more than two centuries ago. Initially, photographers used various techniques to modify their cadres in the dark chamber, including exposure and burning, scratching negatives, blurring, airbrush and color correction.

Most photos require a bit of post-processing to extract full potential from them, especially if you take photos in RAW format (what you should do), where the results are often pretty lukewarm. Those who claim that they all “look right on the camera” are probably photographed in JPG format, which in practice means that the photo is simply automatically processed within the camera itself. Processing is part of the digital photography process, just as the dark chamber is part of an analogous process. Just make sure you do not overdo it! As you can see, making a good photo is not an easy task …