Congratulations! There is a lot of information that may make it difficult to determine how to start. Here is some advice that will cut through all the middle ground and aid you in improving your shot quality quickly.
Try using a variety of shutter speeds to determine the best methods for different settings and circumstances. A moment in time can be captured by a photograph, and then grouped with others to show an expansive time period. Lighting quick shutter speeds are great for sports shots with lots of action, while slow shutter speeds are nice for landscapes without a lot of movement.
Keep things simple when trying for a great shot. More often than not, you can capture wonderful images without messing with different settings.
Avoid taking pictures under an overcast, cloudy sky if possible. If too much gray sky is in your picture, it will look muted and bland. For a photo that will include a large section of overcast sky, black-and-white may be a better choice. However, if there’s a beautiful blue sky, use it as often as you want to; however, you should still be aware of the light.
A dSLR is an essential tool for you. A DSLR camera is the best one to use for taking shots as you can look at them as soon as you snap the photo. For larger images and more detailed photographs, a full frame digital single lens reflex camera is the best choice.
When you are going through your photographs and picking the ones that you want to show to others, be sure to pick the cream of the crop. Resist the urge to show people every photo, especially multiple shots of the same person or subject. It can be very boring if people are looking at the same sort of image again and again. Keep it fresh by showing different facets of your photography.
These tips and techniques should point you in the right direction as you strive to sharpen up your skills as a photographer. Implementing new ideas into your process helps to keep your photographs fresh and dynamic. Keep at it to produce artistic photographs!