Here Are 4 Photography Mistakes That Beginners Should Avoid, According to Peter McKinnon

Peter McKinnon is one of the most popular photographers on YouTube right now and a seasoned pro who has shot just about everything under the sun. But even he makes mistakes once in a while, which is why he made the below video.

In the video, titled “Beginner Photography Mistakes - What to avoid to take better photos,” McKinnon looks back at some common mistakes he made when he was younger and tells you how to correct them.

“I’ve looked inside myself and I’ve found some things that I wish I had done better when I was starting photography, a few little things that if I had just paid more attention to I would’ve been taking better photos faster, which means potentially more business if that’s something you’re looking to take photography towards,” he says. “Or just being a better artist, you’re being a better photographer with some of these things if you keep them in mind.”

Here are the four mistakes, which he explains in the below clip.

Mistake #1: Not Using the Histogram

Mistake #2: Not Moving

Mistake #3: Not Bringing a Tripod

Mistake #4: Not Being Thorough

“You want to take better photos? I think those things will help you,” he adds. “I don’t think those things are the sole ingredient to, like, you watch this video you’re a better photographer instantly. It’s all with time. It all takes time, over time, building up different things. But I do think this will help you think about things differently that might save one or two small instances as you’re shooting, that’s generally going to make you better at this art form.”

Watch more of McKinnon’s videos on his excellent YouTube channel. And check out these three recent McKinnon clips that we’ve featured:

Here Are 10 Lightroom Tips You Really Should Know, According to Peter McKinnon

Award-Winning Peter McKinnon Reveals His Secrets for Making a Great Time-Lapse (VIDEO)

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Camera LCD screens lie like politicians!

Having said that, the histogram is always content dependent. If one is shooting sports at night where the background behind the athlete is a dark sky or a theatrically staged concert where the performer is in front of a dark curtain, then the histogram *should* be heavily biased to the left.

Spending good money on a tripod is like spending good money on a UPS battery backup for your computer. It's not sexy, but it is absolutely essential!