Ep 304: Beginner and pro photo fails and how to prevent them

A great photographer will spend 80% of their time planning, composing, exposing and lighting their shots and 20% of their time on post-production. An inexperienced photographer will dedicate 20% of their time on planning and composing their shot and 80% of their time trying to fix their mistakes. We discuss what to look out for and how to avoid these fails: lack of originality or creativity, poor understanding of light, uncomfortable models/awkward poses, ignore the hands, flogging a dead, horse, photo face, over-retouching, the yeah baby factor, styling, the 1%ers.

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Show Notes

Listener question from Emma Tyers

I’m in the process of lassoing friends into modeling for me to build my portfolio. This is Louise, she is a business consultant who was keen to update her branding photos and the brief was warm, relatable but also professional, and a range of photos that could be used from LinkedIn to Instagram. She also wanted a good amount of negative space so they could be used for a range of marketing materials as well. Would love some feedback before I take these to her.

Image by Emma Tyres
Image by Emma Tyers
Image by Emma Tyers
Image by Emma Tyers

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Beginner and pro photo fails and how to prevent them

“You will only fail to learn if you do not learn from failing.” ― Stella Adler

Avoid the old ‘I’ll fix it in post’ attitude.

A great photographer will spend 80% of their time planning, composing, exposing and lighting their shots and 20% of their time on post-production.

An inexperienced photographer will dedicate 20% of their time on planning and composing their shot and 80% of their time trying to fix their mistakes.
We discuss what to look out for and how to avoid these fails:

  • Lack of originality or creativity
  • Poor understanding of light
  • Uncomfortable models/Awkward poses
  • Ignore the hands
  • Flogging a dead horse
  • Photo Face
  • Over retouching
  • The yeah baby factor
  • Styling
  • The 1%ers

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