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THE #1 BIGGEST PHOTOGRAPHY MISTAKE YOU NEED TO STOP NOW

 
 

   When it comes to photography, a lot of people start out the same way. We get a camera and lens in our price range, and immediately start going out and taking photos. The problem with this is we don't quite know what we're doing right away, and we make some mistakes that makes our work look very amature. The biggest thing I see happening time and time again that makes me cringe is when a new photographer is taking a photo of a subject, and they tilt their camera on a 45 degree angle. This tilt is referred to as a dutch angle - and in most cases it's a huge no-no. Some reasons behind people taking photos like this is because they feel it makes the photo look artistic, or they want to capture certain aspects of a scene so they tilt the camera. Unfortunately, dutch angles make photos look amature and uncomfortable. If you want to capture more aspects to a scene, zoom out if you have a zoom lens, or step back to allow you to capture more of the scene. If you're looking for things to look more artistic, tilting your camera won't do it. Things that do make more artistic shots is proper lighting, outfits/costumes, and post processing. It's incredibly rare that a dutch angle is going to make your photo better. The only times I've seen dutch angles implemented in a way that actually helps is when a scene requires a cinematic look, or to create tension, or drama. Other than those reasons, dutch angles are rarely something you want to be busting out on a photoshoot. Straight lines, and well composed shots will always be the way to capture a winning photos.

Matthew Bell