How to Prevent Common Photo Errors

Posted on February 5, 2009. Filed under: Net Spy | Tags: , , , |

Though we may be professionals or let’s say we did all the necessary preparation for a photo shoot, the possibility for mistakes will always be there. The common mistakes I often noticed on photo contests are the underexposed photos, red eye, blurry photos and overexposed images. There are photo contests where you can’t alter anything from the photo upon submission. So, to deal with these errors here are some tips to help your get better photos.


Underexposed images simply need more light to make it brighter. In photography contests, the most common cause of underexposure is having a very fast shutter speed. Other causes are not enough lighting or you’re shooting too far away from the subject.

To prevent underexposure you have to move closure to your subject. If you’re taking pictures indoors, make sure that the place is properly lit. For digital cameras, exposure setting can be adjusted. In photography contests, for lighter photos, adjust exposure up; for darker photos, adjust down. There’s a display image on the screen that enables you to see what the image will look after adjusting the settings.

Red Eye

Red eyes are mostly caused by camera flash. This happens when the light coming from the camera reflected from the subject’s eye. In order to prevent this mistake during photo competitions, trying turning off your camera’s flash. If the lighting is too low, ask your subject to look at the camera but not directly at the lens. And the best way to prevent red eyes is by practicing to shoot on broad daylight when you don’t need a flash to lighten up the subject.

Blurry Photos

Blurry photos during photo competitions are usually caused by improper handling of the camera. A little shake will cause blurred images. Also, if your subject is moving fast, the result with be a fuzzy. And in some cases lack of light may also cause blurry shots since it will be hard to focus the camera.

To avoid blurry shots, try using a tripod to brace to support and brace the camera in place. Using the different scenes or camera modes can be also handy at this times. When you need more light, use the camera’s nigh mode or night portrait which utilizes long exposure and no flash. And if you shot at a moving subject try using the action shooting mode of the camera which optimizes the shutter speed automatically to get the perfect shot.


In picture contests, images that are taken under bright light or during daytime can cause images to display uneven contrast within the photo which can be an eye sore. Picture that has too much contrast washes away some important details in the images and we don’t want that to happen during picture contests.

To prevent overexposure, use a flash to even the light over your subject. Or you can’t shoot during noon time where there are no shadows. And lastly, find a shady area where you can shoot a photo of your subject.

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