In 2004 I switched from film to digital I made many mistakes, that I am sure new photographers are also making. Here are my top 5 mistakes.
- Shot jpeg
With my first DSLR in 2004 I had the option to shoot raw, but I didn’t. It actually took me a year before I switched the file type to raw. One of the reasons I didn’t shoot raw was that Photoshop 7 didn’t have an option for editing raw files and I had to use Canon’s raw converter which was and still isn’t that great.
- Directly edited my digital negatives
While shooting Jpeg I would edit these files directly, in essence destroying my negative. Before shooting digital I would scan my film and not worry about editing the scanned file because I had the negative filed away. I have lost these original files forever and only have the edited files now.
- Edited Destructively
It took about two years from shooting digital to editing non-destructively. I used to make all the changes to an image on one layer, I then started making changes and saving the image as a new file to let me back track. I then learnt about layers, layer masks and non-destructive editing. I try not to think of how much wasted time I spent back tracking through files to make simple changes in the editing process.
- Didn’t read the camera instructions
When we get a new gadget (or toy) we throw a side the instructions and jump into using it. That’s what I did with my camera. I thought it was the same as a film camera, only digital. A few years later I found the manual flicked through it and learnt so much more about what my camera could do. When I got my most recent camera the first thing I did was read the manual because you never know what hidden gems are in there.
- Didn’t start a blog
One of the biggest mistakes was not starting a blog. I had so many digital files that I half heartily put on Flickr and then took down and would sometimes put on social media (myspace, remember that place), although I never started a blog. If I had it would be ten years old now, imagine. There is no point in taking pictures if all you do is hide them on your hard drive.
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