Mistakes all photographers have made

All of us photographers have had some kind of mishaps during our time doing photography. So I asked some fellow photographers from all over the world what are some of the mistakes they have done.

Over-editing

I am also so guilty of doing this. When I first started I used some really crappy editing program. I tried to get the piercingly beautiful eyes that everyone else had on Facebook photography groups. But I can tell ya already, the result ain’t pretty. I swear to god, the eyes in these photos looked sooo creepy!! I brought up the whites and blacks waayy too high. Please kids, don’t be as dumb as I was.

Not learning manual sooner

I can relate to this too! I used the aperture priority (Av) for a long time and learning to shoot in manual was the best decision. It wasn’t easy and I spent my New Year’s Eve shooting a notebook and pen to get the hang of shooting in manual lol. What a way to end the yeah haha 😀

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Choosing a bad location

One girl shared her story with me and I feel so sorry for her haha. So she accidentally stood in an ant pile while shooting and had a horrible reaction from the bites! This is truly tragic but she did get beautiful shots so as she says, it was totally worth it.

Shooting in JPG instead of RAW

I regret this soo much! I did it when I just got started and omg, why did I do that?? But when I started using the editing program (and already learned some things because thanks to YouTube) I used before Lightroom, it didn’t let me edit photos unless they were in JPG, so that’s what I did. It wasn’t a good idea I can tell ya that!

Tilted horizon 

There are a bunch of problems that may occur when you shoot crooked all throughout the session. First of all, the composition isn’t the same as it was at first.
Secondly, when you try to straighten it (and when yo photograph people) then you may crop it in a way that the person’s limbs look very awkward.

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Too high ISO

I think absolutely every photographer has this happened to them! It’s so easy to forget to change the settings when you shoot at different times. Like what happened to Jessica..

“Accidentally left my ISO at 10,200 (I believe I was shooting a night  shoot for fun and was playing around with ISO’s… I was VERY NEW) and did an outdoor shoot in the blasting sun! The photos came out really grainy and overexposed.”

Not emptying the memory card

Oh I know it all too well. I do a lot of impromptu shoots and there are times when I forget to empty the card. And then having the moment of surprise during a session when I have had discovered that my 32GB memory card is completely full.
But thankfully I always have a backup card in my bag so if that does happen, I don’t have to pause the session to delete some of the shots. But unfortunately Rebecca wasn’t all that lucky when something like that happened..

“Forgot to erase my memory card. Didn’t have my backup card. Card was full midway through a session. Clients had to wait while I went through and manually deleted photos I couldn’t use. Took several minutes.”

Listening too much other photographers

It can be hard being the only person doing photography when you don’t have any other photographer friends. You just have to rely on yourself and there is a lot of doubt. You can wonder for a long time whether you work is good enough or if you should change something.

While having other photographers who can give you some feedback, it can get a little overbearing at times.

Others do have the tendency to give unnecessary advice. Some need to understand that everyone has their own vision and how they like something. So my advice in this case is to just tell these people to shut up and focus on their own art and let you do you boo.

So, to sum it all up – everyone makes mistakes and it’s okay. Nobody’s perfect and I swear to you, I have done I think most of these – if not even all. And these mistakes don’t apply to just beginners, even more professional photographers have had their  share of bad moments when everything just isn’t going right but it’s not the end of the world.

If you do photography, which mistakes have you done? Let me know in the comment section below! 🙂

Peace out & you do you hun

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Happiness in the smallest things

I have gotten a lot of questions recently from various people about why I am so happy and smiling all the time. But the real question in my opinion would be, why are you not happy? Of course I am not some super human without any problems, I do. But even then I smile through them because if I have a bad day then why should I also ruin someone else’s by being sad or angry? Why should I make others feel bad when I do?

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That’s my absolutely adorable friend Merilyn, who is exactly like me. Always smiling. 🙂

It’s also about finding happiness even from the most smallest things. If you are able to see the beauty even from let’s say, an apple. Not necessarily from the looks of it but about its sweet taste. Be happy about that. Let that erase those bad feeling go away, even for a minute. Learn to let go of some things and you will see how much better it is. Why should you worry about all the problems in the world? You shouldn’t. It’s okay to just make sure that YOU are happy. And once you do that, you can see that smiling and spreading that warmth of laughter gives you, can stuck to people.

So, what are the things I am happy about? I am happy about a lot of things but here’s just some of them (I also did a post a while back about all the things that make me happy, you can read it here).

  • the warm feeling of a sun touching my skin
  • happy people
  • friends
  • good food
  • that I am able to travel as much as I do
  • doing my makeup in the morning
  • listening to some of my favorite songs and singing along as loud as I can
  • art (in all forms – dancing, photography, drawing)
  • the smell of a freshly mowed grass
  • talking about everything and nothing with a good friend

#VantagePoint

I have always been a free spirit. I love to live life freely, just do what makes me happy and leave all the negativity behind me. I love to travel, to discover new places and culture, to meet new people and make new friends. That’s who I have always been.

And travelling is one of my favorite things in the world. It makes me happy. It lets me discover something new and exciting. And all the beauty I can capture to my brain forever. So recently where ever I go a camera is always a must for me. Some may think that those who take a lot of photos when travelling and put them up somewhere, just want to show that they have been there or something along those lines.

But for me it’s more of catching a beautiful moment I want to look back in the future. And carrying a hefty camera is always not the best choice. So a little compact camera that you can fit everywhere and offers you an amazing quality photos comes really handy. And this is exactly what the Light L16 Camera by Light.co can do for you! I was introduced to this camera recently and so far it seems like a dream for free spirits just like me so I am beyond excited to be a part of the #VantagePoint project!

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Photography Talk

I feel like I haven’t talked much about why or when I started photography, you just kind of saw it come up in blog just out of the blue. But it’s a really big part of my life and it’s something that I want to share with the world. It’s my form of art.

Ma tunnen, et ma räägin selles pisikeses blogipesas üsna palju oma elust ja sellega seonduvatest mõtetest, kuid ma pole kunagi seletanud kuidas ma hakkasin fotograafiaga tegelema ja üldse miks. See lihtsalt ühel päeval ilmus siia nagu puhtast õhust. Või noh tegelikult mitte täielikult, aga noh, saate ju aru 😀
Kuid fotograafial on praegusel hetkel minu elus üsnagi suur roll niiet ma tahan seda jagada teiega. Enda kunstivormi, midagi mis kuulub ainult mulle.

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Why? As you already know, I am quite an artsy person but getting the inspiration to draw is not the same as it used to be when I was younger. And dance, well, I love it but it’s not my art. It’s someone else’s creation, not mine. But I want to create something that is truly and only mine. No one else’s. I can create and develop the image I have in my mind, the images and creations that come to me.

Miks? Kui oled mind juba natuke pikemalt jälginud siis ilmselt tead juba, et ma olen ürna kunstiline inimene, kuid kahjuks pole mul viimasel ajal olnud absoluutselt mitte mingit inspriratsiooni joonistamise jaoks võrreldes sellega, mis see kunagi oli. Ning tantsimisega on lugu nii, et see pole minu loodud kunst. See on kellegi teise kujutlus ja visioon, mitte minu. Kuid ma tahan luua midagi, mis on ainult minu ning loodud minu nägemuse järgi.

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When? I really liked taking photos and making videos even when I was younger, just for fun with my friends. But then life got into the way and I sort of lost my passion for it until last year when I attended in a media camp where I and a group of other young creatives made our own news show. There was also a group of radio and blog people but I was in a television group. And I loved it there. I got my passion back. I got back what I loved and learned to be better. After the camp I just took photos with my phone as I didn’t have a proper working camera but as for my birthday and graduation gift I got my first DSLR camera 3 months later. I couldn’t be more happier. And after that I started learned everything about my camera and how to work with it to create what I have in my mind. And about six months later aka today, I am still learning. I am learning to be better and be my own creative mind.

Millal? Mulle on alati meeldinud teha pilte ja filmida, lihtslt lõbu pärast koos sõpradega. Kuid kuna tuli teisi asju ette siis see kirg fotograafia vastu kadus lihtsalt kuidagi ära. Kuid see tuli tagasi, kui osalesin ühes multimeedia laagris möödunud aprillis. See oli koht kus koos teiste noorte loojatega pidime kõigest 2 päevaga suutma teha oma uudistesaate ehk siis kavandama ning välja mõtlema lood, valima välja neist parimad, filmida ning lõpuks ka monteerida kõik kokku. Ning ma leidsin taas selle pisiku nii fotograafia kui ka filmiduse vastu (niivõrd-kuivõrd võib minu pisikesi videojuppe nimetada just filmiduseks, aga las see jääb, see oli parim, mis ma selle aja kohta oskasin :D). Igastahes September oli lõpuks see aeg kui sain lõpuks oma esimese ihaldatud ning kauaoodatud peegelkaamera. Ning pärast seda olen lihtsalt õppinud ja katsetanud kõike ise – minu arust kõige parem õppimise viis. Kuid ma õpin iga päevaga järjest rohkem ning saan ka järk-järgult järjest paremaks.

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Since I don’t want to make this post too long I am going to stop here for today. But be sure to let me know if you want part 2 or 3 where I share my tips, what I have learned so far and how to get the most out of your gear. 🙂

Igastahes, kuna ma ei taha seda postitust ajada liiga pikaks siis ma panen siia nüüd pausi. 😀 Kuid kui tahate rohkem teada sellest kuidas midagi teha ning mingisuguseid nippe teada saada siis andke teada ja tulevad ka järgmised osad sellele postitusele. 🙂

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Snowy Days

Hello again! I know it’s been A WHILE since I last wrote anything in here but if you have been following me all over social media then you would know why I was away so long.

To cut a long-ish story shorter, I needed to take some time off to focus more on my schoolwork and also photography – it’s something that relaxes me and let’s my creative juices go wild haha. But yeah, I am super happy to be back and I though what a better way to start again is to show you what I have been up to recently so there will be TONS of photography posts coming up!

PS! If you always want to see the photos before they end up here or to keep up with my life then follow me on instagram as I am the most active there at the moment 🙂

Tervist taas! Ma tean, et on möödunud juba LIIIIGA pikk aeg, kui viimati midagi siia kirjutasin, aga kui oled mind teistel sotsiaalmeedia kontodel jälginud, siis ilmselt juba tead, miks ma eemal olin.

Lühemalt öeldes oli mul siis vaja natuke aega maha võtta, et keskenduda rohkem koolile ja fotograafiale – see on minu jaoks väga rahustav ja laseb mul olla loovam. Aga jah, ma olen super õnnelik, et saan jälle tagasi olla ning ma arvasin, et pole paremat viisi naaseda, kui näidata iga postitusega natuke rohkem, mille kallal ma olen viimasel ajal töötanud, niiet tulemas on üsnagi palju fotograafiaga seotud postitusi lähitulevikus tulemas!

PS! Kui tahad näha pilte enne kui need siia jõuavad (kui üldse jõuavad) siis ole kindel, et jälgid mind ka instagramis, kuna olen seal viimasel ajal kõige aktiivsem olnud. 🙂

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Red on White

Hii! Okay a few months have passed since I last put up some photos of my baby and since the weather was on my side I got some beautiful shots of my little red fox. Anyway here are some of the photos I got to take and I must say that I love them, he’s such a photogenic dog and I swear that my camera loves him haha. 😀

Heii!! Nüüdseks on juba päris mitu kuud möödas kui viimati panin üles pilte oma nunnukast ja kuna ühel ilusal päeval otsustas ilm ka minu poolel olla siis klõpsisin mõned armsad pildid oma punasest rebasest. Igastahes siin on siis mõned minu lemmikumad pildid, mis ma Larsist sain. No ausalt ka, vaadake kui fotogeeniline koer ta on, see on täiesti uskumatu, kui armas ta mul ikka on. Ja ma vannun, et mu kaamera armastab teda. 😀

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Before The Snow

Hey my loves! Today I am back with another photo post. Awhile back, before the snow came down, I took some photos of my friend. She wanted to get some new photos taken and I wanted to practice a lot more. So we went out for a photoshoot in a beautiful afternoon day. The weather was absolutely on our side as it was such a beautiful weather and perfect for taking photos!

Hei mu armsakesed! Täna olen ma tagasi järjekordse postitusega ning seekord tahtsin teile näidata mõnda pilti, mis said tegelikult juba tubli mitu nädalat tagasi tehtud. Täpsemalt siis kui lumi polnud veel maas ja valgust oli küllalt. Järjekordselt haarasin ühe oma sõbranna ja viisin ta pilte tegema, see oli kasulik meile mõlemale – tema tahtis saada uusi pilte ja mina natuke harjutada inimeste pildistamist. Ilm oli absoluutselt täiuslik ehk siis päike paistis soojalt peale, kuid langevad värvilised lehed ja õrn külm tuuleke, näitasid seda unistuslikku sügiseilma, mis oli täiuslik piltide tegemiseks!

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Bits & Pieces

Heyaa! Last week I went out with a friend for a little photoshoot. And here are some of my favorite photos that I took. I hope that you enjoy this little photopost and if you do then some feedback is always appreciated.😊

Heyaa! Eelmisel nädalal tegin ühele sõbrannale ettepaneku, et teeks pisikese pildistamise ehk siis seekord olin mina kaamera taga ning ma pean mainima, et mulle meeldis see väga. Igastahes siin on siis mõned minu enda lemmikumad pildid.😊

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Testshoot

Hi! So I recently got my very first DSLR camera and it’s the Canon EOS 700D + 18-55mm objective. So far I absolutely love it and it’s crazy how good quality photos/videos can be made with it. Also now my big sister thinks that I am her personal photographer (like I wasn’t already before :D) so if she is okay with it then I am also going to post some photos of her as well. So obviously this will become also my photography blog as I will post quite a few photoshoot photos that I have taken :). A few days ago I did my first ‘photoshoot’ with my dog (which he didn’t really like haha)  and here are some of the best photos I got. But anyway I am going to stop the talk here and just enjoy the photos! 🙂

Hei! Niisiis ma sain hiljaaegu enda kõige esimese DSLR kaamera ehk siis peegelkaamera ning see on Canon EOS 700D + 18-55mm objektiiv. Siiamaani ma armastan seda kaamerat ja imestan ikka veel kui hea on pildi-ja videokvaliteet. Ja kuna mu suurele õele meeldib väga kaamera ees olla siis nüüd ta arvab, et ma olen ta isiklik fotograaf (mitte et ma enne poleks olnud juba aga noh :D) ning kui ta lubab endast pilte ka siia üles panna siis ma postitan vahest mõned pildid ka temast, aga eks me näe, see pole ka veel kindel. Igastahes mõni päev tagasi tegin pisikese pildistamise oma koeraga (mille üle ta just kõige rõõmsam polnud haha :D) ja siin on mõned paremad pildid, mis temast sain. 🙂

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