We all fall victim to having a few bad habits that we fail to see or find so hard to break. Sometimes these bad habits are pretty common amongst a group of friends or even family. Beaking these bad habit can also be one of the most challenges things as they have become so embedded in us that doing it is almost a natural reaction. As photographers, I think we all share a few common bad habits amongst all of us with myself included. In this article, I will be listing some of these bad habits that we all share and shed some light as to how we can break them or just slowly stop making these habits feel natural. So let’s begin and maybe you can identify one of these bad habits that you may have yourself.
This is a bad habit I developed as a beginner. I would tend to look for ideal situations where I would get the best shots or ideal lighting situations that made me comfortable. I refused to shoot in conditions that were not deemed ideal by me or I would show an obvious sense of discomfort while I’m shooting. This bad habit can gradually hinder your growth as a photographer in many ways. Lighting situations in photography are not always going to be what you want or expected and as a result, you will have to adjust.
Training yourself to only flourish in a specific lighting situation will leave you confused when you are obligated to capture shots at a time that is not ideal to you. It is important you break out of this habit so you can think on your toe and easily adjust to the environment around you. Failure to do this will result in you not only trapping yourself as a photographer but also limiting the variations in your work.
This is a bad habit most of us have whereas we forget to shoot more after we’ve seen a shot we like. Very often we will do a whole photography session with a series of different outfits and different locations however we did not get enough content during this time. This is because of the bad habit we have tells us that we’ve gotten all the shots we need because we’ve captured a handful of good shots. This can prove to be problematic in the future as you miss out on having a wide variation of shots to share with the client as well as you create a habit that will allow you to miss out on important opportunities.
Break this habit by first taking your camera off a single shot and make a habit of shooting continuously. When doing street photography or even portraits, the light around you is always changing as well as the position of your subject which make for a completely new frame. Some of these frames might seem amazing on your LCD screen but there is no telling what you can create once you get home and open up those images in Photoshop or Lightroom. Keep your finger on that shutter and grab as much content as possible so then think about what you can do with those images later.
Speaking of taking a look at the images on your LCD screen brings me to my next point which I’m almost sure a majority of photographers do. I broke into this habit very slowly as a beginner as I would always see other photographers do it and began to do it myself. We have this bad habit of looking at our LCD screen after each shot which can be very time-consuming during a photography session. In addition to it being time-consuming, it can also be very distracting as well and disturb your groove.
When we get focused behind the camera and start to get in our groove of getting some pretty amazing shots, it’s easy to be tempted and wanting to look down at what you’ve captured. However, I urge you to continue shootings as you will have all the time too look at your images after. I think this might just be one of the hardest bad habits to break that I am still currently struggling with so good luck to you my fellow photographers.
As much as you possibly can, don’t delete images in the camera while you’re shooting. This is a very costly bad habit that will result in you deleting what could have been an amazing shot. Your LCD screen is not to be used as a tool to judge whether or not the shot is to be deleted but more so for you to simply preview what you’ve captured. Your shots won’t always be perfect but this does not mean that they are useless. Keep all your shots until you are home or at your office and have opened them up on your laptop or desktop. At that point, you should determine if the shot is useful or not.
The the last but probably most common bag habit with all photographers. After a long day of shooting, its very easy to forget to offload your memory card and dump all the files you’ve taken onto your computer or external hard drive. Forgetting to do this too often will result in a back up of files on your memory cards which can easily get messy and confusing. In addition to that, another worst-case scenario that has happened to me before Is that you end up having a memory card from 2 days ago that is almost full in your camera and not have enough space for new images while you’re on a shoot. This can hinder your whole shoot with you having to either delete some images to make space for new ones or pulling out your laptop and offloading images in front of your client while time goes by. Try to get over this bad habit by offloading your images onto your hard drive the same day you take them and not procrastinate.
I hope to point out some of these bad habits have influenced you to make a few changes yourself in how you shoot or make steps in the right direction. It is always a pleasure sharing these points with you and I hope to see you again in the near future, thank you.