Saturday, December 14, 2013

Sepia Saturday - Common Mistakes of the Amateur Photographer

The Sepia Saturday suggestion this week reminds me of the seven common mistakes in amateur photography (...well, some professionals too...)

If you hadn't thought about it before, here's a list:
1.) The Shadow of the photographer is in the frame, sometimes ON the subject.

2.) Double exposures: The photographer forgot to advance the film between shots.

3.) A finger or something blocking the lens.

4.) Camera or subject is in motion when the shutter is snapped. (Dogs and children don't understand: "Hold Still.")

5.) Composition: camera not level, not framed right, missing heads, feet, and too far away or too close.

6.) Film is over-exposed/under-exposed because of improper lighting conditions or perhaps the flash didn't fire.

And last,
7.) There's a light leak in the camera because the photographer was using the camera to drive tent pegs. Or perhaps he just didn't load the camera properly, resulting in fogged film. (And really moody pictures...)

The Shadow of your ... Photographer

Four girls at school
Boy in suit
The Shadow

Double Exposure: More pictures to a roll!

Triple exposure
Pretty maids all in a row

Chain girl
Doggie Dreams
Couple couple

Blocked Lens.
A finger or a tie or a hat

Just a finger or two.
Blocked lens
Donovan wasn't hurt when the tree fell.
The thumb that ate Josie
Two fingers

Camera or Subject in Motion

The baby doesn't understand "Hold still!"
Bobby moved
Action shot
It was embarrassing
The camera was in motion for this one.
Agent 8

Framing - Off With Their Heads!

Three women one child

Family by Fellini 04
Too close!

Too far away
Statue of Liberty
Not centered
Group six people
three girls at the beach

Improper Exposure - Too Light, Too Dark. Lighting Conditions

Negative - woman with cat and letter
2706 Untitled 27 06

Fogged Film - Light Leak, Improper Loading

Two Women by the Seashore
Three girls on the ground
Two Women and coats
Bathing beauty

The most popular photographs most popular, Family Group, An album of the most requested photographs in the Lost Gallery.

Area 51 and a Half Area 51 and a Half You are probably not authorized to see these.

Don't take my picture! Oh! You DID didn't you! completely unaware of the photographer This is a collection of photographs that disappear on the way home from the photo processing shop.

And don't miss
Cabinet Card Gallery
One Man's Treasure
Penny Tales
Square America
Tattered and Lost
Vernacular Photography
The best
sites on the web.

And for postcards try

All images are the property of Lost Gallery and the author. Permission must be granted for their use. All rights reserved.

THE KIDS Lesson one. It is always a mystery how a photograph of any of these precious children could end up lost or abandoned. Here are a few. You will probably say "Ooh..." at least once.

Dee and the Business School Dee and the Business School
The beautiful Dee. A curious story; What do you see?

Neiffel and Helvetica Typehigh

"What are they doing?"


  1. A fun selection. I especially like the maids in a row and the men with the cutoff heads.

    1. Thanks Postcardy. Those are my favorites too.

  2. Digital cameras have eliminated a lot of these problems but not all by any means - shadows and camera straps are what get into mine.

    1. Thanks Bob Scotney. You are right. And I still cut off heads and feet sometimes.

  3. What a huge collection! Mistakes yes but still quite a lot of fun.

    1. Thanks Jackie van Bergen. Yes, the double exposures are especially interesting.

  4. Oh dear I recognise my own failings here - especially the shadow of the photographer falling on his/her subjects - I still do that!

    1. You, and I too. My "fool proof" camera only proves I'm a fool.

  5. My current digital camera is smarter than my first computer, (and me too). It certainly stores more photos than my first three hard drives. But it will happily make all of these mistakes with the exception of the double exposure. That's an effect that I'd have to deliberately do with PhotoShop.

    1. Thanks Mike Brubaker. I know what you mean. My first computer had no hard drive and had 64K memory. Everything was stored on 8" floppies. The smallest SD card I have for the camera is 16 Meg. And it will dutifully record any and all the mistakes I regularly make. I do a lot in PhotoShop but it is most often to correct the mistakes the camera recorded for me.

  6. Gosh, you have the best photo collection ever!

    1. Thanks Karen S. I am glad you like it.

  7. I love looking at these sort of photos but in this digital age it's too easy to hit the delete button as you view the photos you've just downloaded.

    1. Thanks Boobook. Yes, the digital age has changed photography. I always keep my goofs just to help me learn and improve. So far it hasn't worked.



Blog Archive