Gear Mistakes You Must Avoid

Keep these tips in mind!

Keep these tips in mind!

All of us tend to assume that we need to have a great camera to get good pictures. On the contrary, constraints can make us creative too.

  1. Leaving the Camera at Home: Always carry a camera with you. It need not be a DSLR all the time. It could even be a compact camera, or you could make pictures with your cell phone!
  2. Not Packing Essentials: Ensure that you have not forgotten to charge the battery, or empty the memory card. Also, carry backup batteries and storage.
  3. Carrying Too Much: If you do not need a particular camera or lens, you should rather keep it at home. A lighter camera bag will mean that you are more agile, and will let you concentrate on the final photograph.
  4. Underestimating the Kit lens: The basic 18–55mm lens is lightweight and inexpensive. For its price, it is actually quite sharp and can be used for a variety of genres, including landscapes, close-ups, portraits and more.
  5. Not Using Compact Cameras: Just because you may own a DSLR, you should not look down upon compact cameras. They are tiny, convenient, inconspicuous and a lot of fun!
  6. Being in a Hurry to Upgrade: Unless you are shooting professionally, chances are that your current piece of equipment is good enough. Concentrate on upgrading your skills, instead.
  7. Giving Gear Too Much Importance: If you were not able to capture a particular picture, do not blame your equipment for the same.

This article originally appeared in the September 2014 issue of Better Photography.

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