Reality check: Any photographer who sneers at someone trying to learn the craft needs to check themselves. Everyone has to start at the bottom and pay their dues. Most of us do this by making a long series of mistakes and slowly, but surely, making them less and less often. Photography is a journey, and travel photography is an especially bumpy road.
Even though mistakes are going to happen, that doesn’t mean newbies can’t try to avoid some of the more common — and obvious — ones. I polled my colleagues for 9 stereotypical ways people “give away” that they’re just starting out (the quotes are theirs, the text mine).
This is not to get up on a high horse, but rather to provide a little road map, which will hopefully help beginners dodge some of these potentially embarrassing bullets, as well as show why exactly they are mistakes, and therefore facilitate progression.