Pro Photographer shares mistakes he made along the way

Here is another great video obtained through Picture/Correct, and Sunny Shrestha shared the video made by: Brendan van Son. I watched this video closely and was realizing myself, that I make some of these mistakes. So, it’s worth watching and hope you enjoy this:

In photography, we often see people making common mistakes. But what matters more than the mistake is the recovery. We should quickly identify such mistakes and try to correct them. Being able to do so is an important step to becoming a better photographer. In today’s video, we have photographer Brendan van Son who shares nine common mistakes that beginner and professional photographers often make:

One very important mistake that van Son points out is how beginners get stuck on the notion that their photos must be technically perfect. This means using the perfect aperture, ISO and shutter speed. And in a race to achieve perfection, they fail to learn how mistakes impact their photos. It is important to realize that you do not have to follow the rules every time. Go on, make some mistakes: mistakes can be good teachers. And learning from experience is the best kind of learning you can get.


Son further talks about behavioral mistakes such as not giving enough time on location, always expecting to shoot great-looking photos and being overly influenced by friends and families. He also sheds some light on how we make wrong gear-related decisions that could hamper or restrain our growth in photography, and much more.

Make sure that you watch the entire video. You’ll want to identify if you are making any of these mistakes and correct them early on. Otherwise, these very same mistakes can pile up and create bigger obstacles in your photography journey.

Have you been making any of these mistakes?

Here are some photos by professionals, that I think are done right:

anonymous man walking on sandy seashore in misty weather
Photo by Ben Mack on
adventure beautiful boardwalk bridge
Photo by Pixabay on
landscape nature sky person
Photo by Pixabay on


You want to take great photos, and you now have a camera or cell phone and you are ready to go take pictures. Snap– you have a photo. And it doesn’t look very good. It doesn’t look like what you saw. What do professionals do to make their photos look so good? Professional photographer Stephanie Gagnon wrote a great article about this on the website:

As a photographer, it’s incredibly important to know what makes a great picture. Just having a nice camera and fancy tools isn’t enough to really make it in this industry anymore. Knowing what to look for and honing in on those specific things can help you capture truly unique, personal, and in the moment images that will hopefully help to set you apart from your peers. Here are just a few things that I look for during a session.

Captured by Richard Schneider, f/8, 1/200 second, 24mm, ISO 125


I had a little bit of trouble deciding what was the most important aspect of an image. But finally after much thought, I came to the conclusion that composition should be the first thing you consider when taking a picture. Composition can actually make or break an image. There are some images that seem boring and mundane until you recompose them. Sometimes all it takes is looking at your subject from a different angle. Try getting above them—like way above them and shooting down. Or maybe get below and shoot upwards. Sometimes changing up where the focus is in your image can make a difference, too. Like focusing on a ring in the foreground with the couple out of focus in the background.

Photo by Tormod Ulsberg; ISO 80 f/11, 1/50-second exposure.

Story Telling

This is a trait I personally find important, although not everyone does. I think the best pictures tell the story of the people in them. Now this may be some kind of artistic creation, which can be really cool, like creating a fairytale image with the people in costumes. But I’m usuallylooking for something more simple. Like a first time dad holding his son for the first time and that look of pure joy and elation on his face. Or the sweet little action of a little girl blowing flower petals out of her hands. Or maybe it’s a a close up of an elderly couple holding hands. Telling the story of the people in an image can add a whole new level to your picture’s overall depth and meaning.

what are the elements of a great photo
Photo by Christophe LEUNG; ISO 640, f/2.8, 1/500-second exposure


We often take pictures of faces. Everyone’s face is totally unique, and so much emotion can be seen just in a person’s face. Many, many, many pictures are of faces. So capturing a picture that shows the pure joy between to friends laughing over an inside joke or the love on a woman’s face as her man literally sweeps her off her feet can create a much more dynamic image than just a photograph of their faces. Of course, happiness isn’t the only emotion you can convey. Sometimes sorrow, loneliness, thoughtfulness, calm, peace, or relief can create an interesting photo, too. It’s so rare to see images of people experiencing genuine emotion, and I find that people tend to crave this kind of imagery more because it’s rare.

Photo by Anwar Shamim; ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/160-second exposure.


I find detail images to be fascinating; they’re often my favorites. We focus on people’s faces so much that sometimes it’s fun to mix things up and throw in some pictures of other details to remind ourselves of the little things. Like a little baby’s feet held in his mother’s hands. Kids grow up so quickly; capturing these fleeting moments when they are so small can be some of the most cherished memories a parent could hope for. They often aren’t thinking about those kinds of images when they have you take pictures, but they almost always fall in love with these baby detail shots. These kinds of images are being more and more appreciated in all forms of photography, including engagement sessions. Many couples love pictures that don’t include their faces. It adds a whole new twist to traditional photography.

Photo by Mark Iocchelli; ISO 1600, f/10.0, 1/80-second exposure.


Lighting is the last element—and probably one of the most important—because you need light just to create a picture or to set a mood. Silhouetted or backlit pictures are really popular these days, as they are different from standard portraiture. There’s a variety of different takes on the backlit pictures, and there are some pretty exciting and fun examples to look through. There’s also the fun dramatic, single light source lighting. This type of photography is fun for creating super moody dramatic shots with high contrast. You really need to know what you’re doing and what you want to achieve for this style of lighting to work well with your subject matter.

“Biker Portrait” captured by Zach Dischner

Well, there you have it. You now know the five elements that help in creating stunning imagery. Composition can help you take a standard pose and give it a new twist. Story telling can help you relay more about a person or couple in an image. Emotion is often one of the most important elements to a picture, especially when conveying joy or happiness. Detail shots can make for a great reminder of the little things we love in others. And, of course, lighting will always make or break a picture since light is what actually enables us to take a picture.

I hope you’ve found this at least a little insightful and perhaps have taken some things away from it that you may try in your next photo shoot!

About the Author:
Stephanie lives in Central, Illinois, is married to her best friend, Ryan, and enjoys the company of her rambunctious lab-beagle pup, Kit. She is the owner of Green Tree Media ( and is passionate about photography.

Here are a few photos with at least one of those characteristics from the article above:


green leafed tree besides body of water during daytime
Photo by Pixabay on


girl wearing blue denim dress shirt
Photo by nappy on


road man people woman
Photo by sudip paul on


abstract art artistic autumn
Photo by Pixabay on


asphalt dark dawn endless
Photo by Pixabay on

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: Storms, Earth in turmoil !

Our world has been totally plagued this year with major storms. No continent has gone untouched in some way. With all the photographers out there, photos of these storms, and their impact have reached the internet. And some of the storms are just beautiful, while some storms or disasters are gut wrenching.

Today, I am posting some of those amazing photos of storms, the beauty, the chaos, and the destruction. For those who go out and take photos of these storms, thank you so much. We will enjoy these for a long time.

lightning strikes
Photo by Frank Cone on
person standing using red umbrella
Photo by Aline Nadai on
photo of lightning
Photo by Philippe Donn on
eye of the storm image from outer space
Photo by Pixabay on
architecture buildings business city
Photo by Aleksandar Pasaric on
big waves under cloudy sky
person riding a bicycle during rainy day
Photo by Genaro Servín on
rain of snow in town painting
Photo by Lisa Fotios on
christmas christmas house cold fir
Photo by Jill Wellington on
man pouring water from dipper on blue and grey house
Photo by hitesh choudhary on
lightning and tornado hitting village
Photo by Ralph W. lambrecht on
body of water surrounded with grass
Photo by Harrison Haines on
trees and cars covered by snow
Photo by Pixabay on
stormy sea near rocks under dramatic sky in hurricane weather
Photo by stein egil liland on
wood water summer broken
Photo by Robin Ramos on
reflection of clouds on body of water
Photo by Johannes Plenio on
volcano erupting at night under starry sky
Photo by Clive Kim on
light sea landscape water
Photo by Elsa S on
small river in winter forest
Photo by Brady Knoll on
Photo by Lanny Cottrell
crashing waves
Photo by Ray Bilcliff on
erupting lava during daytime
Photo by Pixabay on
boy in brown t shirt and brown shorts standing on white wooden door
Earthquake Photo by cottonbro on
Photo by Lanny Cottrell
man on ski board on snow field
Photo by Paweł Fijałkowski on
photo of mountain under cloudy sky
Photo by Evgeny Tchebotarev on
sea city landscape nature
Photo by Tom Fisk on