Richard has met many pho­tog­ra­phers of all ages and abil­i­ties on his work­shops, and he’s no­ticed some com­mon – eas­ily over­come – mis­takes

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Are there er­rors that peo­ple typ­i­cally make, re­gard­less of their level of ex­pe­ri­ence?

Yes, for sure. I get a range of peo­ple with dif­fer­ent lev­els of ex­pe­ri­ence, but of­ten most peo­ple will just use the cen­tre fo­cus point, so they will al­ways have the sub­ject in the mid­dle of the frame. Or they are not look­ing at the back­ground. The back­ground is as im­por­tant as the sub­ject be­cause if the sub­ject is in nice light or do­ing some­thing in­ter­est­ing but there’s a tele­graph pole in the back­ground then it ru­ins the pic­ture. So it’s in­ter­est­ing to see how peo­ple think, es­pe­cially when they’re start­ing out; all they’re con­cen­trat­ing on is the sub­ject be­ing in the mid­dle of the frame and be­ing sharp. Also, a lot of peo­ple start­ing out don’t re­alise you can move the fo­cus points. You can switch the cam­era off Auto and put it into a set­ting where you can move the fo­cus point your­self.

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