Mistakes novice photographers make
There is that saying: who is not seen, is not remembered. In the photographic market, this saying is even more forceful, because we work with images. But when am I exposing myself too much? Or: less? Check out 5 common mistakes novice photographers make in the day-to-day internet and reflect how best to show your work.
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At first, it’s hard to know which way to go. And with so much nonsense that occurs on the internet daily, it’s normal to be a little afraid when sharing your photos on the web. However, sharing is accurate.
1 Be overprotective
Some people are so afraid of being robbed that they don’t even show their work. This is serious. Or, when they show, they disfigure the work so much that it was better not to even show it. For example, when the photographer shares his images with a gigantic watermark. This makes it difficult to see the photo, to appreciate the image these are serious mistakes novice photographers make.
You can use watermark yes, but with greater opacity and in smaller sizes. Have some sense. Another problem is the tiny files. It’s disappointing to see a beautiful photo on the internet, click so that it opens in larger size and almost nothing happens. The photo is still small. The full size of 1000px is ideal. If you want something smaller, it’s not less than 700px; or it gets difficult, especially on large screens.
2 Using the wrong color profile
A simple mistake, easy to fix. When you’re getting ready to share a photo online and are exporting from Lightroom or Photoshop, export as sRGB. Exporting using the AdobeRGB or ProPhotoRGB color profile may look good to you first because it works for printed material. However, depending on the browser/device where the photo is being viewed, the colors may be out of tune, distorted.
3 Be a Master of Nothing
There is absolutely nothing wrong with trying different genres of photography, finding your niche and experimenting. It’s important at first. But if you’re trying to make your work noticed, it’s nice to follow a line, a style, something that visually connects one photo of you to another.
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There’s really nothing wrong with having a bit of scenery, a bit of portraiture and a bit of macro (among other things) in your portfolio. It’s good to practice everything at first. But it’s important, after that, to find the genre you like best and study about it, practice on top of that strand and give the best of yourself in a subject.
4 Share everything
Did you photograph an amazing sunset yesterday? Or did you find the perfect spot to photograph the Milky Way and take truly amazing photos? Okay, but you don’t need to share any and all photos you make. 60 photos of the same sun are no longer notity, to generate curiosity. It’s the modern equivalent of forcing your friends to sit down and watch a slideshow of your family vacation photos. That’s boring and that’s one of mistakes novice photographers make.
Share your best sunset photo, or the top 5 if they are unique and different from each other. One photo a day, for example, helps maintain the curiosity and interest of your friends and viewers.
5 Don’t share anything
This error happens one of two ways: 1. You sign up on 60 photo sharing sites and gradually do not share even three photos per month, as there are many sites to feed; 2. You get intimidated when sharing anything (for various reasons, such as people’s judgment, or insecurity in yourself, or the fear of having your photos stolen) and every time the “Publish” button appears, fear comes to light.
The solution to the first problem is to choose a few communities for sharing (Facebook, Instagram, 500px and Flickr, for example). This way it is possible to give a better weekly continuity for the publication of your photos. This takes time and dedication if you want quality.
The solution to the second problem is to force yourself to overcome your fear of publishing, sharing, exposing yourself, putting yourself on a consistent zero tolerance schedule. A great (and often transformative) way to do this is to start a 365-day project. This will force you to go out and take pictures every day, but more importantly: it will force you to share one of these photos every day as well.