7 Ways You're Using Your Camera Wrong

Are your photographs not turning out quite the way you had imagined when you took them? Join us as we go through seven common mistakes photographers make, that are easy to fix. From camera modes, to keeping things clean, to backing up files, this list hits on some of the most important practices necessary for a successful photography.

Do you feel as though you’re using your camera in any wrong ways after viewing this video? Share with us in the Comments section, below, and we will ease your troubled mind with tips for using it the right way.

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1. Wrong: Not knowing how your camera works. Right: Go through the manual page by page and learn all the controls and features. Then get at 3rd party book about the model you have because the manual will tell you how but the book will tell you why.

2. Wrong: Not knowing how to frame a shot. Right: Learn composition concepts particularly ROT or the Rule of Thirds. ROT basically means putting the main interest at one of the intersection points. Learn also not to cut off people or objects on the frame's edges.

3. Wrong: Not knowing what lens to use. Right: Find out what focal length is most appropriate for the shot you are doing. 

Not using custom buttons like back button focus

Bracketing exposures?

8) Forgetting to change the ISO after changing film. We went boating with friends and during the boat ride, I switched from Kodak TMAX 100 to Kodak BW400CN. I found the limit of BW400CN.

It seems counterintuitive, but I used aperture priority to photograph a nighttime baseball game. I was using Kodak TMAX 3200 and Ilford Delta 3200. My lens was a 80-205/f4.5. I set the aperture to 4.5 and let the shutter speeds fall where they may.

Narration track is off at 04:43 to conclusion.

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