1. Everyone using their own camera to document an event.
The whole family is over for baby Ishmael's first birthday party and every parent, grandparent, uncle and aunt is experiencing it through their personal LCD. Stop. Find who has the best camera or takes the best photos and elect that person documentarian. The next day, have that person email out pics to whoever wants them and be done with it. They’ll be better than whatever your phone could have taken anyway.
2. Group shots in front of the best light source.
“Gather in front of the window, everyone!” I get that you want something more interesting than a wall in the background, but no one is going to see outside with a baker’s dozen blocking the view. Instead we’ll have thirteen smiling silhouettes...at least I think they’re smiling.
3. Standing in front of touristy black-splashes.
When you go to the tourist attraction you may have spotted a wall or cardboard cutout or something acting as a facsimile of the thing you are really there to see. Sometimes they come with their own photographer. If I wanted to fake being somewhere, I’d cut and paste myself in front of Stonehenge or the Pyramids or the moon! Maybe Photoshop has ruined me. Just stand in front of the actual thing.
4. Taking one photo of anything.
Digital photography, people, we don’t pay per click anymore. The odds that you, amateur photographer, took the perfect shot on the first try is insane--especially if you factor in a lot of adults, a few kids, or anything dynamic. You know dad’s yawning and bro’s still hungover from the night before. Give yourself options.