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Photography Troubleshooting 101: Seven Common Photography Problems and How to Fix Them

Posted by Jacob Hawthorne on

If you are a photographer, you are probably all too aware of the problems that commonly plague those in your craft. The blurred photos, the redeye, the colors looking off. In this article, we are going to address some of those problems and tell you how to fix them so you can take your photography to the next level.

Blurry Photos

Blurry photos can be caused by any number of issues. It could be low light, the camera’s autofocus, hand shake, or more.

If hand shake is the culprit, try using a tripod or a remote shutter. If you are experiencing blur when shooting moving objects, try increasing your shutter speed or using burst mode. If lighting is the issue, use an artificial flash or bump up the ISO light sensitivity settings.

Inaccurate Colors

The white balance on your camera will help you achieve accurate colors. However, colors may become distorted if the ISO is set high to compensate for blur. If you are running into this issue, experiment with your white balance settings to find the one that works best for you.

Your camera may also have different settings for a variety of artificial and natural light conditions that can help you achieve the perfect balance.

You can also hold a white piece of paper in front of the camera and try different settings until the paper looks truly white. If the paper looks white, other colors will look accurate as well.

Red Eye

Red eye is usually due to built-in flash. The best option is to use an external flash or another external light source. If this is not possible, you can play with your camera’s red eye reduction if that’s one of its features. Another choice is to retake the shot and hope for the best.

Grainy, Noisy Images

Grainy, noisy images occur if the camera has an automatically selected high sensitivity setting to compensate for lack of light. To keep this from happening, manually set the ISO to a lower setting.

Photos that are Too Dark or Too Bright

Images that are too dark or too bright can be corrected with your camera exposure settings. Typically, the most natural results will occur if the camera’s exposure is set to zero, but if you are shooting on a very sunny day, you may try setting it to minus 1 or lower. If you are shooting on a dark day, try going up a notch.

The Sky is Bright or the Foreground is Dark

If you are experiencing this issue, it may be due to the camera’s metering system or the angle of your setup. One way to get around it is to change your angle so the light is shining directly on your subject. You can also force your camera's flash to fire. This will allow the camera to meter for the bright sky while the flash illuminates a darker foreground.

Distorted Images

Another common problem is distorted images. You may end up with buildings that are leaning or bowed and people that are elongated and distorted. These problems can occur if you are shooting too close up with a wide-angle lens.

A simple fix is to take a few steps back. You can also try using a zoom lens to zoom in and take a few steps back. This will compensate for discrepancies and make for more accurate images.

There are several issues a photographer may have to deal with. The tips in this article will help you avoid them to keep you on the right track. If you integrate them, you will start seeing improvements that will pay off in spades.

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