Best 10 Embarrassing Mistakes I Made As A Beginner Photographer

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I Didn’t Know About Bulb Mode

Ergh, this is embarrassing.If you’ve followed this blog for a while, you’ll know that I love night photographyand film photography too.I knew what ‘B’ did on a film camera but, when I saw it on my digital, it never really clicked (literally!).

For those of you who don’t know, bulb mode allows you to take a photo for as long as you hold down the shutter release button (best done with an external remote)….No longer was I restricted to photos taken for 30 seconds or less. This is useful for slow sync flash photography as it allows you to essentially customise the exposure length, making it whatever you feel like.

I Never Backed Up

This is probably one of my most embarrassing confessions: I was one of those poor stupid people who didn’t back up and I lost all of my photos to a horrifying little hard drive failure.My photography was nowhere near as good as it is now so, looking back, it wasn’t as terrible as it felt at the time but it still really sucked. Now my backup workflow is flawless; you can read more about how I do it here.

I Chose The Wrong Lenses

I remember seeing an advert for an 18-250mm lens by Sigma and thinking it was exactly what I was looking for; no more of this changing lens business that I’ve been putting up with! I guess this was before I learned about image quality.

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