15 Common photography problems (and how to fix them)

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Common photography problems can really take the enjoyment out of taking pictures. As one of the more technical pastimes you can pursue, it can be pretty confusing at times.

Whether you’re just starting out or have been taking pictures for a while, chances are you keep encountering the same nagging problem. Don’t worry though – you’re not alone and this is where we come in.

We’ve put together some of the most common photography problems you encounter and offered solutions to get round them, so you never have to be in doubt ever again!

We’ve offered a mix of camera tips, explanations, definitions and more to help answer your questions. And we’ve also provided links, where appropriate, to some of our photography tutorials covering these problems in more depth.

Problem No. 1: Will changing lenses mean I end up with dust on the camera sensor?

So much has been said about ‘dust bunnies’ (small particles of dust that can land on your camera’s sensor and cause dots in images) that many DSLR and mirrorless photographers seem paranoid about changing lenses. Yet being able to use the best lens for any particular shot is one of the best attractions to DSLR and mirrorless photography.

Don’t be afraid to change lenses when you need to, but take a few precautions. Always switch the camera off, as this removes any static charge from the sensor that can attract dust particles. Where possible, choose a dust-free, non-windy location when changing lenses too. If that’s not possible, at least shield yourself from the wind.

Next, get the replacement lens ready to fit so that you don’t have to waste time with the camera internals exposed. Finally, keep the camera’s lens opening pointing downwards when changing lenses, to minimise the risk of anything falling into it.

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