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10 Most Common Problems Faced by a Photographer

by pravash ranjan behera
pravash ranjan behera
May 7, 2014
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Camera photographers find it difficult to get the best shot when they do not know how to use and preserve the lenses to their best. Let’s take a look at the problems that almost every photographer comes across at some point of time.

  • Finding whether dust is on lenses: Long and repeated use of camera may expose the lenses to dust. Therefore, finding whether dust is there or not poses a big challenge. Transferring the shot taken at narrow aperture setting with infinite focus to computer screen can tell you whether dust is there or not.
  • Blurred photographs: Using DSLR is considered to take the most clear possible shots. Blurred photos means that the aperture is set at wide, say f/4 or f/6. Choosing the narrow aperture can help you have clear picture of the landscape from distance.
  • Problem of yellowness in room pictures: Bulb-lit rooms are not the perfect setting for taking pictures through DSLRs. Since the light is not adjusted to appropriate whiteness, the problem of yellowness is detected. This can be solved by setting the white balance to incandescent or Tungsten setting.
  • Barrel and pincushion distortion: While using zoom lenses, you come across a situation where the edges seem curled outwards and at some places inwards. The outward curling is due to barrel distortion and inward one is due to pincushion distortion. This is mostly observed when any rectangular object is captured. It can be corrected using Photoshop elements.
  • Paranoia about changing lenses: Photographers avoid changing lenses thinking that it will gather dust on the lenses. Try doing this indoors in a non-airy room.

  • Confusion about using polarizer and UV filter at the same time: Occurrence of blue patches on the pictures taken under clear blue sky needs correction that is well provided by UV filters. But polarizer should not be used at the same time. Using the same together produces poor images with mounts around the corners.
  • Size and colour of reflector while clicking portraits: Portraits’ clicking requires a photographer to capture the skin in the best tone possible. Golden reflectors are ideal for shooting portraits. Also, larger reflectors can help you achieve softer pictures; hence, choose accordingly.

  • JPEG or RAW – when and why: JPEG pictures are norm in the age of digital cameras. But you may find it difficult storing a large number of pictures at a time. Therefore, general pictures should be clicked using JPEG while rare events should be covered using RAW.
  • Inability to edit while clicking pictures: Many a time, you want to edit the pictures while canning the shots so that the feel is not lost. This is not possible in JPEG mode. Clicking pictures in RAW platform can help you solve this problem.
  • Delay in taking pictures due to automatic sensor cleaning: When you switch on the camera, sensor cleaning system starts operating automatically to ensure a longer life to the sensor. This, however, increases the waiting time. You can get over this problem by switching it to manual mode.

Above mentioned are few of the most common problems faced by a photographer irrespective of his expertise. Read and understand the camera manual properly as there is nothing called permanent problem when it comes to using a camera.

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