1. Not taking your camera everywhere with you. The best camera is the one that you have with you. If you shoot with a DSLR: Put a small lens on it such as a 50mm or a pancake lens to make it more compact and light. Then there is no reason not to take it with you everywhere!
2. Sleeping Late and Missing the Early Magic Light. This is a very common problem especially for those of us shooting in a cold climate. Try motivating yourself with commitments such as meeting other photographers early in the day. If you schedule it and others are counting on you to be there, you are more likely to get up for it!
3. Getting Lazy with White Balance Settings. Adjust your WB settings throughout the day, but you can also adjust it in post processing. Two things to keep in mind: It’s easier to adjust if you are shooting RAW, but you can also adjust the color temperature on JPEGs. And if you keep your setting in auto white balance (AWB), you will not be able to do batch adjustments. The setting will automatically change depending on the ambient light. Auto white balance works well, but it is generally a bit cooler than the actually color temperature. If you think your pictures are a bit blue in the shade, the white balance is off.
4. Letting Dust Get on the Sensor.
5. Settling for the Good Shot and Not Looking for More. You got the shot you came for? Great! Now look behind you. Another good shot? If you were shooting a sunset, the light on the landscape behind you is may be an even better shot, so go for that, too. Work the scene. Try other angles. Get your camera off the tripod and lay on the ground with it. Many photographers tend to shoot everything at eye level which quickly becomes boring and static. For more dynamic images experiment with different angles and perspectives – tilt your camera, shoot tall, shoot wide, get on the ground, etc.
6. Composing Poorly or Too Quickly. It pays to take time and care composing a shot just as it pays to shoot from multiple angles. Learn to compose in camera and stop relying on post processing for cropping. This option will make you a better photographer. Train yourself to see distracting elements in your frame. Move a few meters closer or zoom in a bit tighter. Scan the edges of your frame. Remember that the best time to shoot a vertical shot is right after you shoot a horizontal shot. Hey, it’s digital, so it’s free! So, cover your basics because you never know which shot you will prefer once you get into the digital darkroom.
7. Chimping. Chimping is a common photography term to describe the action of reviewing pictures on the LCD. Okay, but how many shots do you miss because you are busy chimping? The LCD on the back of your camera is a great tool in achieving the best settings, but chimping is detrimental in some situations, such as street photography for example. Street activity changes quickly and in a split second you might miss capturing that great gesture or expression, or not getting the shot at all. If you shot film in the past, then you are less likely to chimp. But if you’re spending too much time now looking at your LCD, turn it off! Added benefit – you may gain some confidence.
8. Self Doubt and waiting for others to say it’s a good photo. Feeling good about your own images is what really counts. Sure, there is always room for improvement, and constructive critiques are beneficial. Just make sure you get feedback from the right people.
9. Experiencing sensory overload when traveling to a new place.