7 PHOTOGRAPHY MYTHS that STOP you shooting BETTER PHOTOS



in this video I'm going to dispel 7 myths and help you get better photos come on peps see you again so there's so many things I hear or read and see in forums from time to time that are just things that people tell people to do with their camera or with composition but generally in photography which I just think that's just not true and these myths just seem to keep getting repeated again and again so I wanted to try and dispel some of them and one of the reasons was that I was I was I got this camera you can see here with the yellow sticks it's on loan to me from Canon so I'm this will work for a DP review I'm actually gonna be going out with this EOS 250 day I've never shot with a Canon before so it's gonna be interest in which is a beginner's camera it's one of the cheaper DSLRs on the markets reasonably new out and I just want to go and shoot with it and just show that you don't need an amazing camera to produce amazing shots so I've got this kit lens on it and I'm gonna be doing that so check that video out in a few weeks at we on DP reviews channel but this got me thinking that I should do something to dispel some of the myths that are sort of floating out there so without any further ado I'm gonna get jump straight into them and the first one is that you need to shoot on a tripod in landscape photography and that's just not true I mean there are two reasons why I think you need to use a tripod in landscape photography and the first one is that if you use shutter speed to slope so depending on your camera depending on when you've got inbuilt stabilization you know if you're less than maybe an eighth of a second a tenth of a second maybe a thirtieth of a second if you've not got any stabilization then yes putting it on a cap on a tripod is going to make a difference or if you're just not too confident about holding you you know you camera you camera said II but that's one reason why you might want to put your camera on a tripod the other reason is that you might be taking two shots and you don't want the camera to move and that's if you had sort of blending exposures I do that quite a lot myself but not all the time and you know if you're doing that if you're taking two shots and you want to blend those exposures later because there's a lot of dynamic range in the shot or you doing focus stacking or something like that then that's another reason that you probably want to put you come on a tripod but apart from those there is no other reason that you should put your camera on a tripod and actually I think just hand holding your camera you know just that movement the ability to just move it around in sort of 3d space is so liberating it and means that you've got more ability to take a great shot and find a good composition and in fact one of the things I say when I want on my workshops is so everybody is don't get your tripod out your tripod should be the last thing you get out and only get it out if you need it you know what you should be doing is you you you know like I said in my video a few weeks ago using your phone to try and find a composition then maybe hand holding your camera and then if you need to put it on a tripod put it on a tripod but I don't think you you know I don't agree with this slowing down by putting it on a tripod I don't think that's necessarily the case there's no reason you can't slow down just by putting your camera down and just taking in the environment as soon as you put you come on a tripod you focused on small movements and if anything it compromises the composition that you're going to get okay the second point is that you have to shoot on manual I mean that is just ridiculous you you you get a camera you spend all this money on a camera that can do all these amazing things and then you put it onto manual now I understand why some people say that that I think you should understand you know the basics of exposure like aperture and ISO and shutter speed but you shouldn't put it on manual I just don't agree with that I think you know you should use that the functions within your camera – – – the best ability and you know if if your camera can expose the scene correctly then let it do that you what's the point of putting it on manual and then having to control the shutter speed until you see a little dial go into the middle which is effectively using the automated features of your camera what you should be doing for exposure is looking at the histogram the histograms what's it important and what I like to do is is put it on aperture priority which works incredibly well for landscape photographers because usually you want to control the depth of field of your shot so by putting it on aperture priority you can say okay this is going to be FA or f10 and then the camera will expose that scene now if the exposure is not right then you're gonna bracket that exposure or you going to dial in some exposure compensation most the time I just bracket the shot and put a manual just gives you something else to have to think about you should be thinking about composing the shot you know trying to get the best shot out of the scene in front of you and you really don't want to worry about your your camera too much now don't get me wrong I think you should understand how to put it on manual you should just understand all the full and functions on your camera and there are times when you should put it on manual like if you're taking long exposures or you know you've got to control you don't want the aperture or the shutter speed to change I put it on manual for doing video and I think if if we're talking about video then it's different but for photography I really don't see the point of putting it on manual I think it's something that's talks about all the time I think I think it's a lot of professional photographers say it because they yeah I don't I don't know whether this has higher mighty view of oh if you're shooting a manual you know what you're talking about but it's rubbish absolute rubbish okay the third one is around focus now I think focus is the tricky thing you know there's no doubt about it I did a video on focus so you can check out here and and and how I like to focus but I think there's different ways of focusing I think it's sometimes difficult with different scenes to know what you want to get in focus because sometimes you can't get everything in focus but what I think is a hear all the time is that you need to focus on the thing that you want to be sharp and I think that's totally wrong because and this is that the thing that a lot of people probably don't understand is that if you if you have two objects so if we have the two objects here and this is the ones close to you and this is the one that's far away then if you focused on this one that's close to you then there's a good chance to say f10 that this one far away won't be in focus but if you focus on the one that's far away then there's a chance that this one might be acceptable in focus now you don't want the mountains that are far away this is the mountains by the way you don't want the mountains that are far away to be out of focus but you can probably cope with a slight loss of focus right at the bottom of your frame so what I tend to do is focus on the things that far away and then hopefully the things closer to me will be coming to focus but the thing I always do is I check this with an app called photo pills as lows with wraps out there I put a link in the description to photo pills I'm not affiliated with them or anything I just think it's a great app and I go into that and I'd dial in the way I'm going to focus and I try and work out what's going to be in focus and by doing that lots and lots of times I've learnt a lot more about focus and how to use it but I like to say check out this video on focus and I'm sure that I'll help you okay the fourth one is about editing so I've seen a lot recently about people saying that you need to understand photoshop and photoshop SRIA ly important too because editing is really important to get amazing photos once agree with part of that editing is really important I do think that part of the artistic process of being a photography is probably editing your photos as much as I don't like doing that I don't like sitting at my computer much rather be out you know it is important if you go all the way back to Ansel Adams then you know he said the same thing that editing was was really important so yes you do need to edit your photos but no you don't need to know anything about Photoshop that there are lots of applications out there that are much simpler than Photoshop that allows to amazing things and actually I only use Lightroom to edit the majority 95% of my photos and it is amazing you can do amazing things with it and contrary to popular belief you can do local editing within Lightroom as well and now I've got this new tablet thanks Thomas then you know it allows you to edit things you know really really carefully so you can apply pressure and do lots of dodging and burning to your photo within Lightroom you can undo that you can change it now okay Photoshop might give you a little bit more flexibility with layers and things but if you don't want to use Photoshop you don't need to you're still going to be able to produce amazing photos the only thing I do use Photoshop for is when I'm focused back in and when I'm trying to do remove something that's very complicated from from the from the photo and that I use content aware fill but to be honest if I couldn't do either of those two things it wouldn't bother me okay the fifth one is going back to cameras and I've talked about this a lot and loads of people have talked about it but there's still a thing that oh you haven't got full frame so you're not professional and you need full frame to get amazing shots and and although full frame has some advantages certainly low noise you know tends to be higher megapixels not that that matters in most cases but you can probably print a little bit bigger if you're inspecting the print really close up it it has things that aren't as good as well so with a full-frame camera if you compare it to a crop sensor camera then for the same field of view then you're going to get less in focus in your full frame than you are in your crop sensor so actually if you think about it for landscape photography you know if you're shooting at FA which is maybe the optimum for a particular lens then you're going to get more in focus on your crop sensor for the same field of view than you are on your full-frame camera so you could argue that that crop sensor was better than full-frame but but the reality is that it actually doesn't matter you've got to get what's right for you and if you're not printing huge and expecting inspecting them really close up then you don't need full-frame you can get away with em aps-c or Micro Four Thirds and it just depends on what you want to do with it so don't worry about what camera you've got I get asked all the time should I get a full-frame camera should I upgrade to a full-frame camera in some cases yep you might actually be downgraded in by thinking you're upgrading so just don't worry about it okay the sixth thing is looking at composition and the thing that sums this up is that the saying that never put the horizon in the center of your photo all the things that people say are you should have odd numbers of things or you should put something in the intersection of the thirds now whilst some of these things probably have an element of truth they're not rules that you should follow there are loads of photos that I've taken that break all these rules but still look great so you know for instance this one the horizons in the center this one the church is is definitely not in the intersection of the thirds it's right on the side of the image here I've cropped off the mountain a broken lots of rules with this particular shot this one the horizons in the center this one the horizons in the center you know you get the idea you can break rules and and what you should do is look at the image and look at whether it's balanced is it pleasing does it look beautiful you know is it telling a story and when you start to get away from following those rules and do something a little bit different then that's when you start to get photos that are really amazing so just try and break those rules okay the seventh one and I know a lot of people talk about this and that is that you need good light for good photography and you need light for photography but you don't need good light now good light is how you use the light to produce a good looking photo so you need light to produce a good photo you don't need good light to produce a good photo so can you hear that cow I think that cows having a baby okay well carry on hopefully you won't pick it up so let me just show you an image here so this is a shot that I took in angle C's it's a shot for the seascape video on my master class and this was a day that I I was walking around the beach here it was still and flat the light was flat the clouds were fairly boring there was no detail in them yeah I managed to get lots of really great shots and and actually when you have flat light you know you removing something that's actually sometimes very problematic which those in in photography so you can use it really well you know if you've got if it's snowing then you can get shots like this this was really flat light but it was snowing and most people would probably go out after the snow and finish but by going out when it was snowing I captured something a little bit different this shot from from my drone again the light was just dull and boring but it many I managed to get something that sort of looked quite painterly so whatever that the weather is whatever the light is just go out and embrace it that's why I'd say it doesn't matter whether you shoot in at sunrise sunset middle of the day just embrace it you know if you are shooting it with really harsh light and then try and use those shadows to your advantage if you shoot in and it's flat boring dull light then concentrate on shapes and and patterns within the landscape and crime trade something that's a little bit simpler but there's nothing about the you don't need good light you just need to use light effectively okay that was seven I could've done seventy you know things like never shoot into the Sun always use the lowest ISO set in there's just so many things and myths out there and what I do is if you're if you're not sure about something then don't just blindly follow it go and maybe research it and look and see if that's what other people are using as well okay before I go I have got a giveaway which I was going to do last week but I didn't get around to doing it so I've got so I've got a another tripod to give away so this is a Benro let me see it's a tma-20 8c tripod so I'm giving away this tripod to anybody and there's no reason I'm doing it I'm just decided it'd be good to do a giveaway I've not done one for a while and I wanted to thank you know you guys now can we thank one of you I haven't got a hundred tripods or a thousand tripods but you know I I still I'm blown away by this channel I I cannot believe that I have 130,000 subscribers and I get all these people watching my channel every week I just did an interview for outdoor photography and magazine which should be coming out in a few weeks and it just was a bit surreal really because I you know it was something that I used a voice read and you know being in a magazine makes you seem a bit more realistic oh yeah it's the whole thing's surreal so I wanted to just say thanks so I am giving away that tripod and so what you need to do that's what you want to know isn't it so I thought what we could do is we could try and dispel some more myths in the comments below so maybe you've got a myth that you're not sure about and you can just say is this true or not and just put that in the comment I'll try and get through them all announcing them all or maybe you've got something you is you know is a myth that people say all the time and dispel it in the comments below so post that below and I'll go through and in a couple of weeks I'll choose a winner and random obviously in fact my daughter usually does that so I got my daughter to choose one around them and I'll send that tripod out to whoever I'll get in contact with you there actually the other thing you probably should do is leave your Instagram handle because that would be easier to for me to get in contact with you and just make sure you follow me on Instagram so that can I can message you really easily so follow me on Instagram leave your Instagram in and post a comment and you've got chances within the tripod Billo well that's it I hope you've enjoyed it I'm off to Budapest now hopefully I'm off to Budapest now on a photography free trip I'll do some photography actually but I might take this and just I'm gonna take this I'm going to take this camera to Budapest and do some photography but I'm going there with my wife for just a bit of a relax and a few days off and then I'm in the Pharos and the photon so probably having no sleep and shooting the Midnight Sun thanks ever so much for watching I'm waffling now and until next Sunday bye so bye

27 Replies to “7 PHOTOGRAPHY MYTHS that STOP you shooting BETTER PHOTOS”

  1. Is there a myth that you shouldn't have to use filters? Especially like using a UV filter to protect the lens might also negatively affect image quality?

  2. Myth: honeypot locations should usually be avoided. You never know what your own perspective on a familiar landscape might be! @andrewolson

  3. The myth is: There are beautiful or ugly pictures. No only different tastes and personalities

    (arthur_bernhard)

  4. Myth: You have to be of a certain age to be considered a world class photographer.
    Truth: My daughter who was two years old at the time was playing around with my old entry level DSLR (D60) and was able to capture a stunning image of her baby brother. She clearly has the passion, maybe just not yet the patience 😉

    @Justin.M.Pedersen

  5. Myth: You always need a wide angle lens for landscape photography and always use the rule of thirds. BTW, why the number 7? @photos_by_noli

  6. Nigel, Very good presentation. You nave so many people following you because you are very relatable and great 👍 and happy at what you do . Nice! job.

  7. I think that many landscape photographers feel they can't get a good photographs unless they travel far from home. I like the challenge of trying to get good landscape photos in my local area.

  8. Not sure if I would call it a "myth," but the internet is ablaze with angry photographers who demand more than one memory card slot in their newest cameras.
    Are memory cards failing at such an alarming rate that we need to put two of these soon-to-obviously-fail cards in one camera? Or it simply a safety blanket, like we held against us as children while we were being told real myths with things like Cyclops and other monsters in them?
    (see what I did there with the Cyclops?…pun intended)

    @holoholophoto

  9. Myth: you need the latest tech to take a great photograph. Great photos are taken by great photographers! @todd.g.holmes

  10. Fact or Myth? A panoramic head for centering a lens's nodal point is needed for high-quality panoramas. While I've personally never felt I've needed one to get images I'm happy with, I'm not sure if there are specific instances where it would be necessary (or if not necessary, highly beneficial).

  11. Generally positive video
    But i do disagree over manual metering and Focus, both provide valuable learning,
    Only one point can truly be in Focus.
    My myth to dispell would be " Digital is better than Film "

  12. Two myths.First one that telephoto lenses are useless to shoot landscape photography. Second one that I've never won anything !! Bravissimo Nigel , like very much your style

  13. You need a second card slot for important shoots. (oh no, I shouldn't have said that I shouldn't have said that.) @mnimiros

  14. Myth: you need a wide lens for landscape photography. Actually, a telephoto lens can also make great landscape photos with the advantage of bringing distant mountains closer, with a unique perspective due to the compression of the image (or its feeling). Thank you for the amazing video!

  15. Thanks for the Myth Busting video! Is it a myth that you can never get a sharp photo at the smallest aperture or your lens? I would love to win the tripod! My Instagram handle is charleneairdnagel.
    How is your cow? She sounded quite distressed!

  16. Myths are like rules – made to be broken. However, most are rooted in history, so might be worth consideration before they are abandoned. Must I do it this way or not at all? No!!! Would it help me make a better photo? Maybe. 
    The only photos I regret are the ones I didn't take, so my (new) #1 rule is "Take the shot." Do the best you can with the gear you have, but Take The Shot! My iPhone is in my pocket. I keep a decent compact in my car's console. My serious gear is probably at home in the closet.
    Some photos need a tripod, but most of the time what using a tripod does for me is to slow me down, to create an environment in which I pay more attention to settings and composition and options and all the small factors that contribute to a better result. Just using it some of the time has nurtured a better awareness all of the time.
    (No Instagram.)

  17. Myth: SOC or strait out of Camera is an "un processed image" All cameras process images to thier own interpretation, the same scene taken with the same setting will appear slightly different when different cameras, especially brands, are used to take the shot 👍

  18. Myth: « not feeling it today but tomorrow, I’m sure I’ll take a great photo ». Never happens. 6 months down the line, your gear is collecting dust. Just try and go out always with a mind that you’ll be taking pictures. Not the best ones ever but still, practice makes perfect.

  19. Have a wonderful time in Budapest! I always enjoy your videos. You work is one of the reasons I am trying to more photography than I have in a while.

  20. The myth that I hear all the time is "wow that is a nice shot, you must have a really nice camera". Not only do I find that somewhat insulting, even though it was not meant that way, but it is just not true that you have to have an expensive camera to get great shots. @tjnicol17

  21. Myth: You need a top of the range camera to take amazing photographs. I have an entry level camera and I’ve had it for 3 years now and is the only camera I own. I’ve printed large and I’m really impressed with the pixels. It’s really not about the gear, it’s about how you have taken the image. IG: @ryanharrisphoto

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