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5 Challenges that Beginner Photographers Face

Every pro was a beginner at some point. As a photographer, I faced many challenges as a beginner. Here are some tips to overcome these challenges.

By Kyle lukePublished 5 years ago 2 min read
My First Photo as a Beginner 

1. Not Being Original

All of us look up to someone in a certain career/ interest. Although it is perfectly fine to look up to those people, never copy their ideas. When you see a picture on Instagram from your favorite photographer, don't take the exact same picture from the exact same angle. Be unique and follow your own path.

2. Not Using Your Resources

It's easy to get discouraged and think, "If I had this and this, I would be able to take better pictures." No, this is not true. Well, those things might help you to be a better photographer, but you can use the resources to still take better photos. When I started out as a photographer, I used the excuse "I don't have a way of getting to beautiful landscapes to take the pictures" or "I don't have a lighting kit to help me with the lighting in my room." If you don't have a car/motorbike to get to a certain place, WALK! Or cycle there with a bicycle or ask your parents to take you there. Do anything you can to get the perfect shot!!! And with the lighting, USE THE SUN! Natural light is the best light to use, because it's FREE! If you want to take a picture of an object or a person, but it's too dark, then wait for tomorrow.

3. Not Having the Best Equipment

This is a very easy excuse to make. You see a picture of a Canon 1DX MII and you think, "If only I had something like that to improve my photography." Use what you have. This fits into the previous topic of Not Using Your Resources. You have a camera, USE IT! You have a phone with a camera built in, USE IT! Once you start making money from photography you can always upgrade your kit, but you need to start the journey to get to the destination.

4. Taking the Same Pictures Over and Over and Over

Touristy pictures are the worst, agree? When visiting a famous landmark/ structure, don't take the same picture from the same angle as everyone else. Rather go for a different angle. Don't walk the path with all the other tourists—rather make your own path and climb up a mountain and get that PERFECT SHOT.

5. Not Knowing When to Take Pictures

This is a common mistake that beginners make. Shooting a Portrait in the middle of the day with the sun directly in your eyes.

"Golden Hour" is the perfect time to soot. It refers to the last hour of sunlight OR the first hour of sunlight in the day.

The sun's light will be golden and shining bright in the sky which will make for the PERFECT PHOTO.

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