In teaching, I received many requests to revise photographs. After a while, I have realized that the majority of the errors I find come from the same small group of mistakes that are repeated constantly, particularly by amateur photographers.

Please keep in mind that these mistakes can be beneficial if done well and on purpose. This article on isn’t about those instances, but serves as an observation of the large number of times I’ve seen them done wrong. As a photographer, you need to build a standard skill-base before you can successfully work outside of these standards.

The Most Common Errors

1. Very Strong or Unrealistic Colors
Summary/Fragment: “There is a huge difference between these colors appearing in the photos on purpose from experience and when they appear from poor management of color or lack of knowledge.”

2. The Shots Aren’t Sharp Enough
Summary/Fragment: “Intentional blur can be beautiful, but to be a good photographer, you must control your sharpness and clarity.”

3. The Composition Isn’t Correct
Summary/Fragment: “Most importantly, I have found that usually, when people find something interesting, they stop, take a couple photos, and continue on as if nothing happened. Almost like a robot. Stop when you see something interesting and take a few seconds to think about the best way to capture it. Horizontal or vertical? What is the best focal distance and how far can I move to capture the best perspective? Are there other elements that I can include in the image? How is the lighting?”

4. You’re Not Close Enough
Once Robert Capa said ‘If your photos aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.’ Don’t keep observing from far away like a sniper. Get close with a wide-angle lens on Facebook. This can work for portraits, landscape photos, or any other type of photography. Sometimes it is better to get close and capture what is most important; what stands out in the picture.

5. The Contrast, Exposition, and Level of White and Black Aren’t Correct
Summary/Fragment: “To achieve great contrast can be difficult. Be very careful and don’t exaggerate it, often one of the most common errors.” “Having white and black in the photo is sometimes good. Sometimes you want a bit of detail in the shadows or reflections, but you also want areas of white to capture attention and areas of black to show the weight of the image.”

6. Excessive HDR
Summary/Fragment: “I’m not against HDR, I swear. It’s just that it’s exaggerated so much in its use that it makes me want to cry. HDR can be achieved subtlety and can be incredible when applied well.” Source:

7. There’s No Theme
Photographing beauty, light, and color is very important but sometimes your images will need a little more substance. The good photographers compose through the marriage of form and content. If you are successful in combining a beautiful photograph with an interesting theme, you will have reached the gold level of photography on

Think in themes, ideas, or emotions that can be in the image. Unveil what is that essence that attracts you and develop it. Think in your voice and develop it.

8. The Photos Aren’t Consistent

9. Many Travel Photos and Few Around Home

10. Too Many Pictures

It’s okay to take a lot of pictures. It’s okay to show a photo a day if you take enough, but edit your work until it’s at its best. No one has time to revise and edit millions of photos to find the gems. These gems will be lost if you have to revise a bunch of mediocre photos. All of us take mediocre photos but the best photographers make the effort to hide them. Do a favor to your audience and only show the gems. You want people to ask for more instead of less, because if they ask for less, you can be sure they won’t come back later.

Adrián José Velasquez Figueroa – Bio
Adrián José Velasquez Figueroa is a business executive performing lead roles in several Panamanian companies. Originally from Venezuela, Adrián José Velasquez Figueroa has been a prominent member of the business community in Panama through his focus on business growth, development of leadership, and better economic conditions.

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