What’s up everyone welcome back to Tokyo Japan my name is Joe Allam and in this video, I’m gonna share five mistakes I commonly see beginner photographers make and my solutions on how to solve them I Should probably point out I am so stoked to be back in Tokyo by the way, I just I love this place so much Alright, so issue number one I see all of the time and that is wonky horizons, now it may not be obvious at first But when you review back your images afters and once you spot it You can’t help but not spot anymore. So many people are taking pictures, and they’re not aware of how wonky They may be taking those so first and foremost, make sure you have your horizon Dead straight across the center of your image if you have that Otherwise you can always fix it in your editing software so in Photoshop or in Lightroom. Wonkiness is really It’s really easy to spot once you go looking for it. If you find yourself a notoriously bad with wonky horizons then maybe some extra tips you can take to improve that is to take your time with things use two hands on the camera and Steady yourself with a steady posture In fact, most cameras will actually have a gyroscope built in and you should be able to enable it On both the viewfinder and on the screen, so you can keep those steady Particularly if you’re shooting with a tripod you’ve really got no excuse So my second mistake that I see quite commonly is a complete misunderstanding of white balance now white balance is the metering that you set in your camera to set the color temperature of your images Now the color temperature comes from your main light source now that could either be the sunlight or it could be a tungsten light or it could be a fluorescent bulb something like that so you need to set the white balance on your camera – the main source of light that way you’ll get truly accurate whites and colors across the board with your images otherwise you may end up with very warm and Orangey images or very blue and sometimes greeny images If you shoot in RAW as well, you can also change this in your post-production But generally it’s good to get a good in camera these days cameras are actually really good at setting auto white balance as well So that may even be your solution to solve things To change your white balance you can either go into the settings or look on The back of your camera on the top you may have a button that it’s just labeled as WB And you’ll go through there pretty much every camera will have an icon related to the light source so that you match them, too So if you really have no idea then just match it to the icon And if you really want to be accurate in your white balance then you can purchase a gray card And then you can match up to your images With the grey card in front and then that way everything is going to be accurate Okay, so if there’s anything that could be the most important thing that you really don’t wanna make a mistake on its this Having blurry or non-sharp images. I can’t stress enough. How important it is to get your images pin sharp You know you can make a mistake on everything else, but honestly just get your images sharp to me Nothing stands out as amateur more than if your image isn’t sharp in the first place now some ways to improve that you can either shoot with a faster shutter speed you can maintain a steadier posture you could use a tripod or You could use a higher ISO if you’re in low-light situations so many people come to me with images and they say hey, can I get you feedback on this and beyond anything The one thing that really really stands out is when your images just aren’t sharp another thing to take note of with that is the way that aperture plays into the depth of field and sharpness of images the larger your aperture the less you actually have in focus so you may actually find Some people take photos of people and the nose is perfectly in focus and the eyes are soft they’re not in focus just use a slightly smaller aperture or set your focus correctly on the eye and That will really stand out differently, but when I say shakiness and bonus I’m usually talking about when people have taken an image, and they’re clearly not Stood very steady whilst they’re taking it. They just study your posture, and you’ll get great results My next tip is related to composition now We all know that finding a great composition is really hard and quite troublesome sometimes however this particular aspect I’d say comes down to spatial awareness And I see it a lot and people maybe aren’t aware of the scene that they’re in and taking the photos And they don’t realize it just a small adjustment can actually make a huge improvement on the image so a few things that are quite commonly seen taking pictures of people and things are uncomfortably cropped off so maybe someone’s head is propped up a little bit uncomfortably or the bottom of their feet cropped off if it’s a Full-body shot or maybe you’re taking a picture of a building and you crop the top of it, and it just looks a bit odd Or perhaps, it’s something. That’s maybe symmetrical, and you haven’t taken it quite in the middle It’s just ever so slightly off-center if you can just keep that spatial awareness Apparent in your images it makes a huge difference Okay, so my final tip on how to overcome the five mistakes that beginner photographers make and that is Setting your exposure correctly. Now this is incredibly common that people maybe Unaware of how to properly set the exposure on their camera and that is completely fine, however It is not big, and it is not clever to shoot in manual all of the time I mean, I feel like a few years ago I fell into that trap where I was always shooting manual and now quite often actually shooting aperture priority Or I’ll shoot something else Just let something within the camera Do something automatic for you to maintain a correct exposure Because what you don’t want to happen is go somewhere and miss a shot because it is poorly exposed or something happens and you’ve missed It because you’re on old settings for when it was exposed to something else the other thing to bear in mind Is that on your camera itself in the viewfinder when you are shooting you will see a little light meter? If you can get that meter as close to the center as possible by adjusting your settings And that means you’re gonna have a perfectly exposed image the meters within cameras are really really good these days another thing that a lot of people kind of make the mistake of Through reading old literature is they are afraid of high ISO s and I’m talking like anything above 600 which to me is not high at all If you have a camera that was bought within the last four or five years or something you could be pretty confident to shoot You know3200 ISO. Maybe even higher if you’ve got a high-end camera you could shoot anything up to maybe twenty thousand with your ISO and Still be able to get shots now there will be some noise involved. That’s true across anything but What would you rather have? An image that’s kind of noisy? Or, no image at all because it’s poorly exposed? For me, I’d rather have an image That’s correctly exposed if it comes with noise it comes with noise That’s just down to the location and any other light you maybe can’t control so yeah, be aware of your highlights. Be aware of your shadows and your overall surroundings. If you can try not to clip either of those Generally you want to maintain your highlights You can always raise the shadows in your post-production So you don’t want any blown out skies that are supposed to be blue, and they’ve come out completely white But pay attention to your light meter in the viewfinder and you’ll be great So that concludes my top five tips on how to solve beginner problems with photography I hope you’ve enjoyed this video make sure you give it a thumbs up with the like button below leave a comment of your own tips or any of your own experiences of how you’ve improved your photography recently and Also, make sure you subscribe to this channel I’m creating loads of content about photography, and I am loving Japan from creating so much whilst I’m here I’m also posting loads on my Instagram, so you know and give me a little follow over there as well alright, so that’s everything Thanks for watching, and I will catch you later. See ya You

100 thoughts on “5 BEGINNER PHOTOGRAPHY MISTAKES + How to Solve Them!”

  1. Joe Allam says:

    Tip 0: Clean the lens before filming a vlog 🤦🏻‍♂️ #DesperateForAFlipOutScreen
    Also: Slight slip of the tongue when saying grey card for white balance. You can still get a grey card, but use the white side of it 👍
    Hope you enjoyed this video! Share your tips and thoughts in the comments below ✌️

  2. Mike Byson says:

    This is pretty much "So these are the kind of pics I like"

    Saved you 8 mins. Go take photos.

  3. Playboijesus says:

    Um rn im starting off by practicing on my iPhone XR idk if that’s bad…

  4. Johnny says:

    The most important beginner mistake in my opinion is not learning the basics of photography first. I am amazed at how many people have fancy expensive equipment and have no clue how their gear works, and don't understand the very fundamentals of triangle of exposure, light metering, etc.

  5. dasp125 says:

    I don’t 100% agree with setting your light meter to zero will give perfect exposures. It depends whether the average is white, grey or black in your scene. Your meter gives the exposure for middle grey, if the average is white and the camera sets this to middle grey then your image will be under exposed etc.

  6. The Great Vanzinni! says:

    I just put everything on "A," raise my camera up & pull the watchcha call it? Trigger! When people note it is blurry I go into a talk about the impressionist & artistic interpretation. Their eyes glaze over quickly. Same with cooking. I often slightly burn my meals by accident. I just talk about how I like to make things cajun style.

  7. Doer Gasoy says:

    Correct me if i am wrong but to what do people compare photo techniques? If it gives pleasure to your eye so that is a right technique amirite

  8. Subscribe t o Pewdiepie says:

    I'm still shooting with a D3300 Nikon

  9. Chef Riel says:

    This is a really random observation but you have reptile eyes lol. Looks super weird to me but cool at that same time. Anyway, dope tips.

  10. Steven Tk says:


  11. tyler bradford says:

    Wow great tips! i will use them in the future

  12. The Multimedia Company says:

    Great advice always looking for ways to improve my shots.

  13. Jesse Brinkman says:

    bUt YoUr HeAd Is ChOpPeD oFf yeeet

  14. Mike Giglio says:

    Gives 5 common begginer mistakes. Has a dark smudge on lens around forehead while describing tip 1

  15. SHRED PUDDING says:

    My camera is 11 years old and the maximum ISO of 1600 is pretty badly noisy

  16. SongOfGrace says:

    "Manual mode trap". We are obviously from differing sides of the track. The only reason l am watching these videos is because I feel like l am trapped in auto mode. I like to take nature shots and have a growing collection of images of small creatures that most people overlook or only see from a distance and thus are only aquatinted with their shape. I try to get macro shots of their faces, designs on their bodies, and small details that few people will get close enough to see. People have oohed, ahhed, and even fled in horror at the sight of these shots but l don't feel very proud of them because my automatic camera did all the real work. I just laid on my belly and pushed a button.

  17. Jéssica Angelo says:

    Really cool, thx

  18. FL310 says:

    4:10 türk bayrağı :DD

  19. Mike King says:

    I'll actually be going out today to do some of my first amatuer photography at a national park. I'll keep these tips in mind ty

  20. DJ Kinney says:

    Oh, Tokyo Japan! As opposed to….

  21. Ian Robinson at IR-Photo-Tours says:

    your videos are awesome Joe, and you have so many subscribers too, I would love to know how, you need to do a video of how you get subscribers on youtube I have subscribed to you in hope I can get myself out there a bit myself as I love photography and my genre is Landscapes. have a look see what you think.

  22. Myth Reid says:

    I noticed that you keep smiling like somebody's tickling you somewhere. So cute. That's the reason I'm subscribing. Hahhaha

  23. Bastien Oswald says:

    Nice !

  24. Butch Dye says:


  25. Abby Sahidjan says:

    am i the only one who's cringing that he's taking this video in public while standing/walking?

  26. Malia Timur says:

    I cant understand your english

  27. 500 subs with no vids challenge says:

    I'm just a kid but I want to be a photographer when I grow up!

  28. Jma. 82 says:

    Thank you so much for tips ,I just started my photography career and your video will help me improve my skills 🤜🤛👍

  29. Deals, reviews and views! says:

    awesome! thank you. i have gained so much from your guides as well as this photo editing guide. @t​
    feel more confident all the time now 🙂 – just need to tweak my instagram account to reflect all my new found knowledge hah

  30. John Smith says:

    my nikon coolpix s3300 doesn''t have gyroscope…

  31. Ravi Chandran says:

    I have only one doubt. How do identify pictures are sharp? When we review our pictures, how much zooming required to review? If we zoom all the way from a yellow rectangle to small dot, pictures are looking blurry only.

  32. Alesdixstreet says:

    the next 14th of april i ll be in tokyo for one street photos day are you there around? see you !

  33. how to do things says:

    photography is art, there are no wrong way of doing art.

  34. Windbandit says:

    Personally I will take a photo how ever the fuck I want if you don’t like don’t look!

  35. Nodal Ninja Panoramic Gear says:

    try hard as you might seems even the experienced get tripped up from time to time and make the silliest of mistakes. – one word – "CHECKLIST"

  36. Sugar Spice And Everything Nice says:

    Thank you for the tips.

  37. Itzel Ramirez says:

    Lol I just got a photo taking tips ad

  38. Faizan Khan says:

    that last bit was really helpful because me personally, I aways keep my iso 100 and im very afraid of bumping it up sometimes

  39. Adolfo Usier says:

    nice 😃

  40. Joe Pors says:

    for the ISO, I shoot with a APSC sensor which effects the noise really badly 🙁

  41. Unidentified Leiviathan says:

    I laid down on the grass to get a close up of a flower but the next morning I had mosquito bites all over me

  42. [BLAC_PAW1] Wiley says:

    Thank you very much

  43. Khanskaya Glukovski says:

    i Do pHoToGrApHy On aN aNdRoId sO i hAvE nO iDeA wHaT mOsT oF tHiS iS

  44. Millennial Travel Confessions says:

    Great tips Joe! Thank you 👍

  45. Krizefugl says:

    my images arent out of focus. im doing fullframe bokeh 😛

  46. SchoolzzEditing says:

    So i have the nikon d3400 along with nikkor afs 50mm f1.4 ! Thing is when i shoot video the focus mode dosent focus automatic.. i have it at auto mode..but i have to press the shutter or i have to do it manually.. i cant put the camera on a tripod and stay Infront of it cuz it just will not focus me. Anybideas?

  47. Malcolm Walls says:

    Thank you goid tips

  48. Mohammad Khan says:

    Thanks Allan for your tips. It was quite helpful to me.

  49. LoveofVelvet says:

    Wait! I thought that noise in pictures is a huge faux pas for professional photographers!!!! Thought that it's a DEAD GIVEAWAY that someone doesn't know what tf they are doing no??

  50. 暮夕 says:

    1:01 6. Don't notice dusts on ur lenses.
    Solution: Just clean up ur lenses regularly:)

  51. rouelibre1 says:

    Fantastic! In other words, try not to take bad pictures. Pretty clever… I didn't know that…

  52. Nev says:

    Well done Joe. Very well explained tips. I like your term 'spacially aware'. Since getting back into photography, most of the time I'm now looking at things around me even without my camera. It's amazing how this has got me thinking about perspective.
    Best wishes

  53. Cassie Maie says:

    The horizon one is my biggest pet peeve lol. I see people’s picture and I can spot it immediately.

  54. leo jimenez says:

    Tips on how to take good photos in smartphone… Thank you sir…

  55. Travis Marion says:

    2. Shoot in .RAW and just leave your White Balance on Auto.

    3. Buy a camera with IBIS and a good eye auto focus such as the Sony A6400, A7III, or A9 depending on your budget.

  56. Edwin Jansen says:

    Great tips Joe, all the best to you and your endevors 👍

  57. demo_things says:

    Welcome back to Tokyo, Japan as opposed to Tokyo, USA or Tokyo, Sweden…

  58. RJ Ralph H. Magoncia says:

    What lens you use ?

  59. Photography Basics and tips says:

    Thank you so much for your tips! It is very helpful! You also are a great photographer! I recently created an account where I will start posting tips as well, I would love if you or any other photographers who see this would be willing to check out my account once I start posting and give me advice! Good luck to all the other amazing photographers out there!

  60. pedro garcia says:

    hello. suddenly I want to learn how to take good pictures. I have a Nikon D5300 and its been collecting dust for while now. Can you maybe guide me on how to start with some tips on how to take good pictures and lots of tips. Thank you sir. Have a wonderful day.

  61. William George says:

    "pin sharp"

    This is where I bailed. Soft ≠ Blurry.

  62. The Butler says:

    I am like what the fuck is a 1 key horizon and then I realized thats what the British call a horizon that is tilted.
    What a twat….
    PS I know WONKIE LIKE WILLY WONKIE focking brits
    all kidding aside good video.. hit the like.

  63. Travis Talbert says:

    I've got a 20mp DSLR camera, but when I go to print my photos, the photos are not sharp and clear. How do I get my photos clearer when printed?

  64. TheSturmgeist 92 says:

    Mistake 1: don't use white text on your intro video with a white background

  65. Ivan Vidakovic says:


  66. Bong Manding says:

    I appreciate your video. I just bought my very first DSLR Canon and I am super excited. I have no clue how to take pics that's why I have been watching videos like yours. Thanks, man.

  67. Angel Pagan says:

    The number 1 mistakes newbies make and how to fix them… i find that people cant take photos when their camera is off. Quick fix turn on your camera.

  68. Thuong Phung says:

    Great tips. Very true indeed. I enjoyed the video very much but I don’t think the armatures fully understand and appreciate those tips until they really struggled thru with those issues.

  69. ManuAlvarado22 says:

    5:28 Manuel here.

  70. RayVen J says:

    Really helpful! Thank you!

  71. Hunter Bain says:

    Thank you so much for Inspiring me to photographer

  72. Kasady Shaye says:

    What if we have an older type camera from like 2007 or 2009 and we don’t have all the extra settings?

  73. Wah_shee_ says:


  74. Rahul Maurya says:

    Your camera is soooooooooooo freaking good with low light.

  75. BGG says:

    I don't have a tripod with gyroscopes attached, but I do have them with bubble levels lol.
    When I was starting, I took a test shot with auto set, and took note of the shutter speed, aperture, and iso. Then, with auto iso set, I could adjust either of the other two depending on the requirements of the shot, and be reasonably sure of correct exposure.

  76. Boda Deez says:

    4:09 Turkish flag in a Asian country?

    Was that an embassy?

  77. oh yeah yeah says:

    Follow me on Instagram darcybrowne9 If you want I'm starting to post photos

  78. Shah dawon says:

    @Joe Allam, Like your name Bro… are you Asian…?

  79. mike c says:

    I thought he said “one key horizons” lol this video helpful tho. Thank youuuuuu

  80. Ahmed Khalak says:

    After Showing Mistake at the same time how to make camera adjustment shown would have been much better. Thanks

  81. Kratos says:

    I own a rite aid camera and it takes great pictures.

  82. SportVideoPro says:

    You forgot to use a gimbal in this vídeo, that's a mistake buddy.
    Next vídeo: How to use a gimbal for vlog!

  83. Izzy LèWeirdò says:

    I'm watching this because my 17 year old sister is asking me to watch these vids so I learnt to take good pics of her ….

  84. Fu Sensei says:

    How to take good photos? Go to Japan.

  85. Dindu Muffin says:

    Is this an ad for Photoshop? I want to be GOOD at photography. Not cover up my constant failures.

  86. yasmine jebbari says:

    1) Uneven Horizons :across an image




    2) Not understanding how to set white balance




    3) blurry or unsharp your images




    4) lack or spacial awareness within composition


    5) not setting the correct exposure



  87. Veneno Poison says:

    Your hair is out the frame 🖼

  88. pikasfed323 says:

    That light meter tip is awesome, I have always had that meter in front of my eyes but I never knew what it was supposed to mean, now everything makes sense! Totally gonna use this everyday from now on, great video

  89. Atong Badong says:

    0:37 what kind of person is that walking at the background?😂

  90. Luuk van Uden says:

    Bruh, visualize things, i don't understand a thing of what you are talking about…

  91. Keith Smith says:

    Wonky…wonky….wonky….thanks !

  92. Rytov Anatoly says:

    I dont have wonky horizons. I have dutch angles.

  93. Talal Ahmed says:

    the channel is pretty

  94. iParaShane says:

    Your hair was cropped off. You can’t be talking about special awareness when you can’t get it correct either. Hypocrite

  95. MaxDamage182 says:

    What's the best way to avoid blowing out a blue sky when other area's of the image are darker?

  96. thtupid says:

    sorry for the late question…but just to clear things up…for the white balance…are you suppose to match the colour of the grid to that of the light source?

  97. eco says:

    4:09 asın bayrakları 🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷

  98. Bxby Dxbi says:

    Tokyo has amazing lighting or is it just the camera 😤

  99. Dizzy Buizzy says:

    And I thought it would be something different??…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *