Sub par picture quality can affect your reputation as a photographer in a negative way. Here are helpful strategies toward becoming a better photographer.
Get as close to your subject as you need to. Getting up close gives you a better conceptual focus, and blots out background distractions. It lets you focus on any facial expressions, and that can be a very critical element to portrait photography. The important thing to remember is that the small details that turn a good photo into a great one are easily missed when you are farther away from your subject.
Educating yourself about appropriate composition can help your photography improve, regardless of whether you are a beginner or an experienced photographer. As with many other forms of art, a lack of composition will result in an inferior piece of work. Learn and apply various best practices regarding composition to improve your photography.
Have some fun experimenting with different expressions, perspectives and scales. Simple objects take on whole new looks when photographed in a non-typical setting, or when placed in a silly or unusual situation. Get different takes on familiar objects by working on your compositions.
Use natural lighting. If you are taking pictures outside, then work with the light by staging your sessions early in the morning or late in the afternoon. When sun is high in the sky it will give you shadows that you do not want, or if you are taking photos of people they may squint. Position your subject to they are hit with the sun on their side to get a wonderful looking effect.
Read the manual that comes with your camera until you truly feel that you have a mastery for all the settings it has. Manuals that come with your camera are often dense and large. People will shove them in a drawer or even toss them in the trash. You should take time to read the manual or else you might break the camera or get frustrated with settings. It can really help you take better pictures and prevent you from making stupid mistakes.
If you are not that good at taking pictures, it can be troublesome, though doing some research and practicing will help you get better. To improve your skill, educate yourself on everything you can regarding photography and seek out criticism for your work. Do yourself a favor, and try using these tips to help better your photography.