Habits that can ruin your photography

As you move towards your journey into photography, you develop certain habits which reflect in your work. Here is a list of a few habits which you should develop and will help you deal with today's struggles of being a photographer.

Never leave your camera at Home

As the title suggests, never leave your camera back home, as you don’t know what’s waiting for you. There can be many moments where you might regret not having a camera with you. Your phone camera will work too, as every photograph is not for big exhibitions, but if you have a DSLR don’t let it sit at home. 

Carry your extras

Carrying extra memory cards & batteries is very important. You never know when the card is full and your battery runs out. It will create a problem when you are in the middle of a shoot and missing out on your favorite moments. Investing in memory cards & batteries will never disappoint you and it will save your time and save your shoots from ruining.

Multiple Backups

For a photographer, his photographs are his assets. Storage of those assets is important, the most common medium is storing in a hard drive and hard drive failure is real, it can cost you the loss of your long time hard work. I suggest you keep backup in at least 3 different places. It will keep your data super secure and you will not end up losing your data.

Eye level

Composition of your pictures is very important. Most of the amateur photographers hold their camera at head-height and end up creating predictable results. Trying out different angles is very important and instead of holding your camera at head-height, try dropping to your knees or even lie to the ground and search new angles. Different angle will provide you a fresh perspective on a picture.

Watch the Background 

Keep your background simple, as it will help you highlight your subject. If your subject has a dramatic background, try to narrow the depth of field. It will separate your subject from the extra clutter. If you don’t have a long lens, try avoiding things like poles or wires on the street from your subject.


Always shoot on RAW as JPEG tends to compress the files. You will not be able to use your JPEG files for prints or big competitions and exhibitions. Shooting in RAW will give you more access during the editing process.

As an amateur, you develop a few habits which follow you throughout your journey. Even as a professional, there are many struggles in the life of a photographer, you never know what can happen. So, always be prepared and develop these habits, it will not only save you time but also help you deal with the situation in a better way.

- Blog by Harshita Sharma

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