Common Photography Problems (and How to Solve Them!)

When starting my blog, taking the perfect pictures was the hardest part for me. I could never figure out how to get my pictures to look like professional studio images. After months of researching and experimenting, I have figured out most of the answers to my photography problems, and I am here to share what I have found.

Harsh Shadows | One of my biggest struggles was shadows in my flatlays. After a while I had to come to a realization that it is impossible to completely get rid of shadows. I use natural lighting for all of my pictures and the best way to lessen the shadows is with a reflector. Reflectors are great because they do exactly what they are called: they reflect light. Most people do not have two windows facing each other, which would be most ideal, but the light coming from a single window can be reflected back on to the subject with a reflector.

The reflector I use:

Not white-whitesSometimes natural lighting doesn’t create the whitest photo. The best pictures are pictures that have crisp blacks and whites. To achieve the perfect shade of white, all you have to do is play with the temperature in post-production. Most of the time, the temperature is too warm, so if you bring down the temperature, it will make the photo more blue. This will even out the yellow-toned warmth in the photo. You can use any editing app to do this, but I use Lightroom.

Blurry photosThis may not seem like that big of an issue, but trust me, a blurry photo can be achieved in many more ways that one can think possible. If you can’t get all of your image in focus, try switching to aperture priority mode. The aperture, also called the “f-stop”, controls how much of your photo is in focus. If you are on a higher f-stop such as f8, f12, or higher, more of your photo will be in focus. At a lower f-stop such as f1.8, f2, etc. the more blurry the background behind your subject will be.

Grainy photos If your photos are grainy, this is most likely because of a high ISO. If you are in automatic mode, this means you are in a low-light situation so the ISO gets kicked up a lot. If you want to get rid of this grain, all you have to do is switch over into manual and choose a lower ISO (note that some better quality cameras do better in low light so the point where the ISO creates grain will be different for all cameras). Then just match up the shutter speed and aperture to how you want it to be on the light meter.

*These are edited so you can see the grain

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  • This is a great summary of a lot of common and annoying problems. Thank you!