Five noob PHOTOGRAPHY MISTAKES & How to fix Them

What’s up everyone welcome back to Tokyo Japan my name is Joe Allam and in this video, I’m gonna share five mistakes I commonly see beginner photographers make and my solutions on how to solve them I Should probably point out I am so stoked to be back in Tokyo by the way, I just I love this place so much Alright, so issue number one I see all of the time and that is wonky horizons, now it may not be obvious at first But when you review back your images afters and once you spot it You can’t help but not spot anymore. So many people are taking pictures, and they’re not aware of how wonky They may be taking those so first and foremost, make sure you have your horizon Dead straight across the center of your image if you have that Otherwise you can always fix it in your editing software so in Photoshop or in Lightroom. Wonkiness is really It’s really easy to spot once you go looking for it.

If you find yourself a notoriously bad with wonky horizons then maybe some extra tips you can take to improve that is to take your time with things use two hands on the camera and Steady yourself with a steady posture In fact, most cameras will actually have a gyroscope built in and you should be able to enable it On both the viewfinder and on the screen, so you can keep those steady Particularly if you’re shooting with a tripod you’ve really got no excuse So my second mistake that I see quite commonly is a complete misunderstanding of white balance now white balance is the metering that you set in your camera to set the color temperature of your images Now the color temperature comes from your main light source now that could either be the sunlight or it could be a tungsten light or it could be a fluorescent bulb something like that so you need to set the white balance on your camera – the main source of light that way you’ll get truly accurate whites and colors across the board with your images otherwise you may end up with very warm and Orangey images or very blue and sometimes greeny images If you shoot in RAW as well, you can also change this in your post-production But generally it’s good to get a good in camera these days cameras are actually really good at setting auto white balance as well So that may even be your solution to solve things To change your white balance you can either go into the settings or look on The back of your camera on the top you may have a button that it’s just labeled as WB And you’ll go through there pretty much every camera will have an icon related to the light source so that you match them, too So if you really have no idea then just match it to the icon And if you really want to be accurate in your white balance then you can purchase a gray card And then you can match up to your images With the grey card in front and then that way everything is going to be accurate Okay, so if there’s anything that could be the most important thing that you really don’t wanna make a mistake on its this Having blurry or non-sharp images.

I can’t stress enough. How important it is to get your images pin sharp You know you can make a mistake on everything else, but honestly just get your images sharp to me Nothing stands out as amateur more than if your image isn’t sharp in the first place now some ways to improve that you can either shoot with a faster shutter speed you can maintain a steadier posture you could use a tripod or You could use a higher ISO if you’re in low-light situations so many people come to me with images and they say hey, can I get you feedback on this and beyond anything The one thing that really really stands out is when your images just aren’t sharp another thing to take note of with that is the way that aperture plays into the depth of field and sharpness of images the larger your aperture the less you actually have in focus so you may actually find Some people take photos of people and the nose is perfectly in focus and the eyes are soft they’re not in focus just use a slightly smaller aperture or set your focus correctly on the eye and That will really stand out differently, but when I say shakiness and bonus I’m usually talking about when people have taken an image, and they’re clearly not Stood very steady whilst they’re taking it.

They just study your posture, and you’ll get great results My next tip is related to composition now We all know that finding a great composition is really hard and quite troublesome sometimes however this particular aspect I’d say comes down to spatial awareness And I see it a lot and people maybe aren’t aware of the scene that they’re in and taking the photos And they don’t realize it just a small adjustment can actually make a huge improvement on the image so a few things that are quite commonly seen taking pictures of people and things are uncomfortably cropped off so maybe someone’s head is propped up a little bit uncomfortably or the bottom of their feet cropped off if it’s a Full-body shot or maybe you’re taking a picture of a building and you crop the top of it, and it just looks a bit odd Or perhaps, it’s something. That’s maybe symmetrical, and you haven’t taken it quite in the middle It’s just ever so slightly off-center if you can just keep that spatial awareness Apparent in your images it makes a huge difference Okay, so my final tip on how to overcome the five mistakes that beginner photographers make and that is Setting your exposure correctly.

Now this is incredibly common that people maybe Unaware of how to properly set the exposure on their camera and that is completely fine, however It is not big, and it is not clever to shoot in manual all of the time I mean, I feel like a few years ago I fell into that trap where I was always shooting manual and now quite often actually shooting aperture priority Or I’ll shoot something else Just let something within the camera Do something automatic for you to maintain a correct exposure Because what you don’t want to happen is go somewhere and miss a shot because it is poorly exposed or something happens and you’ve missed It because you’re on old settings for when it was exposed to something else the other thing to bear in mind Is that on your camera itself in the viewfinder when you are shooting you will see a little light meter? If you can get that meter as close to the center as possible by adjusting your settings And that means you’re gonna have a perfectly exposed image the meters within cameras are really really good these days another thing that a lot of people kind of make the mistake of Through reading old literature is they are afraid of high ISO s and I’m talking like anything above 600 which to me is not high at all If you have a camera that was bought within the last four or five years or something you could be pretty confident to shoot You know3200 ISO.

Maybe even higher if you’ve got a high-end camera you could shoot anything up to maybe twenty thousand with your ISO and Still be able to get shots now there will be some noise involved. That’s true across anything but What would you rather have? An image that’s kind of noisy? Or, no image at all because it’s poorly exposed? For me, I’d rather have an image That’s correctly exposed if it comes with noise it comes with noise That’s just down to the location and any other light you maybe can’t control so yeah, be aware of your highlights. Be aware of your shadows and your overall surroundings. If you can try not to clip either of those Generally you want to maintain your highlights You can always raise the shadows in your post-production So you don’t want any blown out skies that are supposed to be blue, and they’ve come out completely white But pay attention to your light meter in the viewfinder and you’ll be great So that concludes my top five tips on how to solve beginner problems with photography I hope you’ve enjoyed this video make sure you give it a thumbs up with the like button below leave a comment of your own tips or any of your own experiences of how you’ve improved your photography recently and Also, make sure you subscribe to this channel I’m creating loads of content about photography, and I am loving Japan from creating so much whilst I’m here I’m also posting loads on my Instagram, so you know and give me a little follow over there as well alright, so that’s everything Thanks for watching, and I will catch you later.

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HOW TO MAKE MONEY WITH PHOTOGRAPHY

We’re getting a little carried away with these this this is like completely modded with like a hardcore spring in here and it’s just it’s it’s getting out of hand yeah I don’t need this I’ve got enough energy what’s up everybody Peter MacKinnon here and welcome back to another tutorial this is part three in mistakes that you want to avoid as a photographer or filmmaker the first part we’re talking about shooting actual applications with the camera the second part we talked about editing mistakes that you make when editing when you’re a beginner and the third section today’s video we are covering the

business aspect of mistakes to avoid as a young entrepreneur photographer or filmmaker setting out into the world to try and make this a career or try and make some money from this maybe it’s just some extra cash on the weekend or a full-blown like paycheck these are a couple things I’ve compiled that I wish I had when I started or wish that I did better and we’re gonna start with those number one contracts contracts are so important they are no fun at all to make they’re no fun to read and they’re no fun to sign but they are there to protect you no matter who you are shooting for listen to me no matter who you’re shooting for it’s a friend if it’s family it doesn’t matter you get a contract lay out everything that you hope to do for that person both of you sign it date it whatever if there’s compensation both of those things are agreed you’ve

both signed it’s done that way if anything comes up if extra work is piled on if you didn’t do enough work both parties have a signed document clearly outlining what the expectations are because I find that’s the biggest loophole that’s the biggest mistake is expectations are always different from one person to the other and of those expectations are set clear at the very beginning and they’re followed through to the end because you have a contract business is better so if you don’t have a contract download a sample template check it out read it maybe fill in your own stuff instead of the sample do whatever you got to do take it to a lawyer get a friend to look at it get your parents to look at it your older siblings to look at it whatever start with

something okay signed agreements that is point number one number two is not charging enough now I’m an advocate for working for free at the beginning to get your foot in the door a lot of people are like no you should never undersell yourself your time is worth yes your time is valuable and your time is worth money but hustling and doing work pro bono it’s going to get you into more doors it’s gonna open up more doors for it’s gonna get you into more places meet new people it helped build my career it helped build careers like my friend D Rock who just put a great post online about how he worked for free right up to hustling to be Gary V’s personal videographer that is awesome

but not charging enough is something I could have done better as a growing entrepreneur and a photographer trying to make it in the field I was always just so excited to get a gig that I completely forgot what I should be charging what my time is worth not only are you supplying the equipment for this job you’re taking your gear that you bought to a photo shoot you’re driving your vehicle using your gas taking the time out of your day then you’re coming back and you’re editing all those photos that’s also skill with software that you’re paying for so the list goes on and on and on and on those things are valuable so once you start charging for your work make sure you’re charging enough I mean

you think about it like some of these cameras are thousands and thousands of dollars if you’re gonna go do some portrait shots and you’re only going to charge a hundred bucks or two hundred bucks for a quick portrait session one what does that say about you as a photographer and the quality of work that you put out and – how is that ever actually gonna make you money or pay back your gear or actually get you ahead in this game so make sure you’re charging enough sometimes you can throw numbers out there that might even see a little crazy to you and that client comes back and goes yeah all right no problem and you think yourself oh it can be very exciting but it’s something that you got to take seriously so really sit down and factor in all of those things

I listed to know what your time is worth and charge accordingly point number three coming up boy number three is checklists I can’t stress this enough so if you’re going on a shoot let’s just say you’re shooting a wedding you’ve got the contract in place you’ve charged what you wanted to now comes to the actual shoot day I always recommend getting a checklist from the client of everything they want done that way you can reference that throughout the day throughout the shoot and you know you’ve got everything if that client fails to provide you something on that checklist it is not your fault example

let’s just say you’re shooting a wedding you’ve got that checklist and get the dress get the drinks in the morning get the gifts the first look blah blah you’re knocking off all those things but then maybe two weeks later that client comes back and says aunt Margaret never had her portrait taken with us and were very upset about this and she flew all the way here from Australia and we’re not going to see her ever again and you didn’t even take photos and then you can pull out that checklist that you had that client make for you and sign off on you can say look you didn’t tell me to take any pictures of this aunt from Australia nowhere on this list so how was I supposed to know that so it’s there to protect you as well at the same time it’s there to help you make sure

that you get everything that client wants that’s a good thing checklists moving on to point number four number four is my favorite it’s meeting in person so much of today’s correspondence is done via email text message even or over the phone but there’s nothing quite like sitting across from a prospective client and being able to sell yourself you’re as much of the product as the actual images and video that you’re shooting so sell yourself show them why they want to hire you show them that charming personality show them that excitement and enthusiasm for what it is that you do that’s gonna get you

more bookings been hiding behind an email meeting in person can go so far for building your brand and your rapport I don’t know why people don’t do it enough take a coffee shop set up camp meet some clients there show them your work build a rapport pay for their coffee just have a good time kind of get that friendship rolling so they feel comfortable trusting you with their big day or with their huge project or giving you money if you’re younger than them that is a huge advantage instead of just sending off a text message or just leaving a voicemail meet them in person tip number five closing out this video and closing out this three-part series and don’t worry for everyone who was

complaining about this microphone I don’t like that I can see the mic it’s okay I changed things up all the time that’s the kind of guy I am this backgrounds here then it’s there and then it says tip number five is putting yourself out there I remember when I started photography and I wanted to make this a business and I wanted to make a living I sort of expected the work to come to me I was like okay I’ll build a website I’ll get some business cards I’ll send a few texts I’ll put my stuff on Facebook I’ll start writing a blog and they’ll come people will just knock on my door they’ll just call my phone I’m like hey is this Peter MacKinnon the photographer who just built that brand new website and has fresh business cards I’d love to hire you doesn’t happen that way it won’t happen that way maybe once in a blue moon but for the most part that’s

probably good it’s a family related you’re never gonna get just random cold calls knocking on your door offering you money you got to go get that work yourself you got to put yourself out there always have your gear with you always let’s just say it’s a simple family barbecue and you got your camera with you you’re snapping photos of the family of the events of people smiling and laughing and then you send them out to the family maybe a family friend was there or the cousin says hey these are actually great photos and when their friends says they need a photographer my cousin did some great work like here’s some photos you took at our family oh yeah we’d love him to shoot our family barbeque boom job done secured or maybe you’re at a restaurant

you’re taking some pictures of food and the owner comes up to you and says hey I might need some photos like what’s it was it what does your work look like or better yet finding that manager and saying hey I’m a photographer and I’d love to do food photography and I would be interested in possibly working for you maybe reshooting your menu or do some social work for you for your Instagram account putting yourself out there to kind of generate those leads generate that work it doesn’t hurt anybody the worst case scenario the worst

thing that’s gonna happen someone’s gonna say no I don’t need it I don’t want it you can either try to convince them or you can move on to the next person but sitting at home just because you’ve got a nice Instagram profile or a nice website doesn’t mean anyone’s gonna come knocking to hire you you got to go knocking to get those jobs when those jobs start coming that word of

mouth starts you know snowballing into more and more and more prospects then the phone starts ringing but you got to put in the legwork to get there all right those are my five tips business mistakes things to avoid and things to help you build a career as a photographer or cinematographer thank you so much guys I hope you liked this series it was a really fun three videos to make I had a really great time and it all comes from personal experience so if you guys liked this let me know what you liked below let me know which video you liked the most I’d love to hear from you get the conversation going hit that like button if you like this video smash it if that’s something that you’re into 2018 style subscribe if you aren’t already and and I will see you in the next video I’m gonna go find Maddy

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