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