How to avoid beginner’s mistakes when snapping for canvas prints
It doesn’t matter whether you live in a small dwelling or a mansion; it would be fair to say that canvas prints are well and truly in fashion right now. Attaching one to the wall is seen as one of the on-trend things to do in the home, and let’s also not forget the fact that they tend to enlarge those family memories.
However, there’s certainly a right way and a wrong way to approach canvas prints. Get one of your photographs wrong, and it’s there for all to see when they step foot inside your home. Get them right, and your room becomes the ultimate pride.
Through the course of today’s guide we will now mull over some of the primary mistakes that beginners tend to make when it comes to canvases of this ilk.
Mistake #1 – You don’t check the exposure
Cameras have come on leaps and bounds over the last few decades and one of the biggest advancements is the manner in which they are now “user friendly”. In other words, you no longer have to be a professional to take exceptionally high quality photos – the automatic settings tend to take care of everything for you.
However, you’ve got to remember to make sure that everything is covered automatically. If you somehow find that your camera has made its way into manual mode, you’ll have to keep adjusting as the lighting changes so that the exposure remains appropriate. If you don’t ensure that everything is in order in this regard, you’ll quickly find that your canvas prints are either overexposed or underexposed. Suffice to say, neither is desirable.
Mistake #2 – Things are a little shaky
Something else that is common amongst beginners is a shaky photo. This is pretty much the definition of being an amateur although fortunately, there is an easy solution.
One of the main reasons why photos contain quite a lot of the shake-factor is because the shutter speed is just too slow. This means that the camera is more likely to catch those sudden movements which are pretty undesirable.
To combat this, you need to match your shutter speed with the focal length of your lens. This means that if you have a 50mm lens, you should be looking to use a shutter speed of about 1/50 of a second. It’s worth mentioning that this can become even slower if you have a sensor camera.
Mistake #3 – Protruding background elements
Most of the time, canvas prints are comprised of family portraits. As such, one of the very worst things that can happen is an object in the background protruding out of someone’s head. For example, your family could be stood in the middle of a field, only for a tree to be seemingly growing out of the top of someone’s head.
To say that it ruins a print would be an understatement; it looks terrible. Again, the resolution is very easy though, and you simply have to pay a little more attention to ensure that your foreground and background marry up.