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Biggest Holiday Picture-Taking Mistakes Revealed

The two biggest mistakes amateurs make in taking holiday pictures are standing too far from their subject and not checking the background before shooting, reveals a national survey of 1,065 Popular Photography & Imaging magazine (Pop Photo) readers.

Twenty-nine percent of the readers surveyed cited standing too far from the subject as the biggest mistake followed by 25 percent who voted for not checking background before shooting. The third biggest mistake, according to Pop Photo readers, was using direct flash that causes “red eyes,” cited by 20 percent.

All mistakes noted were:

  1. Standing too far from the subject: 29%
  2. Not checking background before shooting: 25%
  3. Using direct flash that causes “red eyes”: 20%
  4. Blurry, shaky shots: 10%
  5. Too few photographs of each situation: 9%
  6. Too much eggnog before snapshots: 6%

“Eliminating these simple-to-correct mistakes will make a significant difference in your holiday photographs,” states John Owens, editor in chief of Pop Photo.

The survey was taken on the magazine’s website,

Popular Photography & Imaging, the world’s largest photography magazine, is published by Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S.

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