Once you pick up a bad photography habit, it can be hard to break. But which are the ones you really should try and crack before they get in the way of your enjoyment of picture-taking and the quality of the photos you produce? We’ve had some great suggestions from our followers on Twitter and Facebook, including overprocessing images, not checking the histogram and – one of our favourites – not getting up early enough to catch the best light at sunrise. Here are our top 5 bad habits though – let us know if they ring any bells…
1. Not checking battery power or memory card space
We’ve all been guilty of this at some point. Haven’t we? Come on… OK, maybe it is just us. But it’s easy to be complacent when it comes to ensuring there’s enough juice to power your camera.
If you’re shooting in cold temperatures, relying on autofocus and image stabilization, using a built-in flash and reviewing shots then you increase the drain on the battery.
Buy some peace of mind and buy a spare battery that you can keep charged up. Do the same with a memory card too – get into the habit of copying images across to your computer each day. The last thing you want to be doing is deleting images when you’re on a shoot.
2. Not resetting exposure compensation
As you know, very dark or very bright scenes or subjects can lead to a camera’s exposure meter overexposing or underexposing a picture, but dialling in exposure compensation can rectify this.
What can be an endless source of frustration though, is forgetting to reset the compensation once you’ve finished shooting.
Without doing so, chances are you’ll move to another shooting situation and then dial in any required exposure compensation on top of the previous adjustment, and the results can be hideously over- or underexposed…