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Examples of Common Photography Mistakes

The photographer wanted a picture of this woman. What could the photographer do differently so that you can see her face more clearly?
[Move so the light is not behind her]
Now, with no light behind her, you can see her more clearly.
What should the photographer do differently here?
The photographer wanted a picture of this man's face, but all you can see is his mouth. What should the photographer do differently?
[Move the camera farther back]
The photographer wanted a picture of this cat, but now thinks this picture looks boring. What might make a better picture of this cat?
[Move closer; get the camera lower]
Much better!
The photographer wanted a picture of this cat playing with the ball. Pictures of something that is moving quickly may turn out blurry-- sometimes you want that, but if you don't want it, only take pictures of something still or slow-moving.





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