In order to start taking great photos, you need to learn the basics. There are many things to learn about this discipline if one wishes to avoid a lifetime of missed shots or poorly framed pictures.
Don’t go crazy messing with the settings on your camera. Discover and experiment with one feature at a time before moving on. Doing so enables you to concentrate on the photos themselves instead of wasting time messing around with camera settings during which time your subject bores and moves on.
Experiment with new techniques or subjects, and do not fear taking some original photos. A great picture should show the world a unique point of view, and exhibit unmistakable personal style. Try to refrain from taking classic pictures, which can be very mundane and unoriginal. Try looking for angles that are unique, and be creative.
Create depth when you shoot landscapes. Have a person or other object put into the foreground in order to gauge the overall scale of the image. Aperture sizes like f/8 on a consumer camera, or f/16 on a professional DSLR, make it so you need not sacrifice foreground sharpness for background sharpness or vice-versa.
When photographing outdoors try to avoid direct sunlight. It causes awkward shadows, uneven highlights, and may cause your subject to squint when they face your camera. Aim to take outdoor pictures during the two golden hours, dusk and dawn.
When deciding on which shots to display, choose the best ones. Resist the urge to show people every photo, especially multiple shots of the same person or subject. This will make looking at your pictures very boring to everyone else – no one likes to look at the same subject over and over. Change things up regularly, and pick some unusual shots to show.
While the background is important, what the viewer is going to notice first is the foreground of the landscape. Create a nice foreground in your shot to make your picture look more deep and to frame in more intimately.
Improving your skills as a photographer is nowhere near as difficult a task as it may seem to be. Just learn a little, practice a lot, and you’ll hone your skills. You’ll see the benefit over time as you see all your pictures developed.