3 Fundamental Errors to Avoid in Photography

Do you like to take pictures for photographic projects, or keep a record of intense moments you have experienced?

If so, then these precious memories are likely stashed away in the memory of your computer storage. They will remain invisible. Why will they remain invisible? Because you have made at least one of the three mistakes that many photographers make without realizing it.

In this article I will explain how to discern them, apprehend them, and avoid reproducing them.

Welcome to a new photographic artistry.

Red Deer Stag Bugling in France in October. Photograph by Amar Guillen, artist photographer.
Red Deer Stag Bugling in France in October.

The Little Story of This Article

Are you passionate about nature photography? Do you bring back breathtaking photographic evidence of the spectacular memories you encountered on adventures both close to home and to faraway places?

I am certain that when you return home, you eagerly copy all these photographs to your computer's hard drive and then save them on an external medium.

But then, the days, weeks, and months trickle by. You nearly forget about your treasured photographs. You do not pay attention to them anymore. You have already moved on to something else.

Many years ago, I also took part in this forgetful behavior. I was like you.

But the photos I captured were well composed and masterfully framed. Technically speaking, they were “good” images. However, once the exhilaration of the trip was over, I often forgot that I had many underwater, animal or landscape photographs in stock. This pattern continued for quite some time until I began to transition to professional artistic photography. It was then that I gradually understood why I had so many dormant photographic projects. I had been making three essential mistakes in my approach to the creation of my photographic projects:

  • My photographic artistry was not perfectly defined.
  • I did not have a strong reason to create photos.
  • I was not actively involved or dedicated.

In the rest of this article, I will detail each of these points.

But before continuing, I would like to point out that the articles in my creative photography blog focus mainly on the approach to the creation of photographs. I do not address problems related to cameras or photo development. Other sites already discuss such details regarding technique and equipment. I think that the approach of photographic creation, which is the most upstream phase of photography, is also the most essential to keep in mind when creating interesting pictures.

The three errors I am going to discuss in this article are related to this phase of the approach.

Why: Avoiding the Three Fundamental Errors in Photography

As always, I think that before you begin to act according to someone’s advice, it is important to ask why this method is being used.

In this case, knowing why you should avoid the three fundamental errors in photography will allow you to:

  • Save time during your shots because you will have well-defined photographic goals.
  • Create more coherent and consistent photographic series.
  • Better prepare yourself before you leave for a photo shoot.
  • Gather people who will appreciate your photographs in exhibitions, through social networks, or at home with close friends and family.

Avoiding these three mistakes in photos will allow you to create easily and last over time.

How: Avoiding the Three Fundamental Errors in Photography

Once you figure out the “why”, all you have to do is figure out the “how”. The solution involves a method that is:

  • Simple.
  • Rigorous.
  • Easy to set up before and during your photo projects.

This method allows you to retrace your steps along the same path again and again each time you create your photographs. Thus, you can create according to a trusted method that you have perfected.

It is beyond the scope of this article to explain this method in a precise and detailed manner. It would take far too long to explain. However, the broad outline is this:

  • Define why you are taking pictures.
  • Briefly explain the reasons for participating in such photographic activity.
  • Write a short slogan that defines you and your work.
  • Know your style.
  • Identify your vision.
  • Accurately assess your strengths, assets, and weaknesses.
  • Understand how to highlight your photographic achievements.

The ideal is to write down all these points on paper or in a word document on a computer. Be specific. Learn them by heart. I hold this method in high esteem, and I continue to apply this process in my professional activity.

Error #1 to Avoid in Photography: Not Having Photographic Artistry

After years of studying the photographic activity of many professionals or photographers during my nature photography workshops, I found that 95% of them did not have a photographic artistry.

Photographic artistry is composed of:

  • Photographic vision.
  • Photographic style.

If you do not have a defined photographic artistry, you will continue to take pictures that lack precise photographic themes.

You will photograph scenes without having a specific goal in mind. There will be no logic or link that connects the photos to each other. These projects will be chaotic, lacking similarity and a shared purpose.

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The first consequence of the absence of a photographic artistry is that when organize your photos on the computer, you will choose images based on technical criteria rather than telling an artistic story.

The consequence of this is that when you venture out on the field you will not know exactly where to stand, how to highlight photographic scenes, how to choose the light, or how to select photographic elements.

You will choose points of view, composition, and frames according to the technical criteria you have learned.

And yet, these actions will not reflect your personality. You will be behaving no differently than how other photographers do. Your photographs will be excellent from a technical perspective, but they will not have the special magic that is present in your soul.

A good definition of a photographic artistry allows you to create different and unique photos that look like you.

Not defining your photographic artistry is a guarantee for you to act like other photographers and to make photos that have already been seen. Your work will interest no one because it is repetitive and boring.

However, you can avoid making this mistake by consistently striving to define your photographic artistry to reveal who you really are.

Error #2 to Avoid in Photography: Failing to Find a Good Reason to Create Photos


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