Don’t expect to go from an amateur to a professional in a month. Learning photographic techniques takes time and experimentation. If you learn as much as you can, you will be better able to avoid mistakes and missing important shots.
Get as close to your subject as you need to. If you get closer to your subject you can frame it, and focus on it. It can also give you a better grasp of how to capture the emotions and expressions that define a great portrait. When your subject matter is at a distance, you lose important details.
Choose the subject of your photo. A great picture will allow the viewer to see a particular aspect of the subject in the photograph. Don’t try to cram too much into a single photo. In fact, sometimes it’s better altogether if you take multiple photos of a subject instead of struggling to get that one illusive shot of perfection. This works especially well when you’re trying to capture the essence of something.
When shooting a variety of scenarios, you should learn to adjust shutter speed to produce different effects. Depending how fast or slow you set your shutter speed, you can create a variety of effects ranging from crisply focused actions shots to softly blurred images. Fast shutter speeds are perfect for motion shots, whereas slower shutter speeds are good for natural, calm photographs.
When you are setting up a photograph, keep your effort simple. You can take great pictures without changing your color or motion settings.
The foreground is much more noticeable than the background in a photograph. Focusing first and foremost on the foreground of a landscape shot will help you to produce a more striking photograph with greater depth.
When shooting people, make sure to emphasize the foreground by blurring the background a little. A focused background can distract viewers from seeing the beauty of your intended subject. This loss of focus is achievable by increasing the distance between the person and the background.
Take the time to appreciate the little things when photographing on vacation. While they may not seem that important at the time, when you get home and start to reflect on your trip, having these smaller memories will be great. Think about taking pictures of stores, coins, bus tickets or street signs for example.
When shooting a subject, zoom in so that they fill the whole viewfinder. Terribly far away shots prevent the viewer from seeing clear colors and details. Do everything you can to make sure your subject stands out and is seen clearly.
As you have been made aware of now, increasing your ability to create spectacular images is much less difficult than you imagined. All that is required is research, continuous practice and unrelenting dedication to the field. The effort will be well worth it once you start to see an improvement in your pictures.