Select a subject and focus on it. Point your camera towards this subject or object and use the auto focus feature if necessary. If you do not do this, your picture will look blurry. Play with your composition and select an unusual point of focus if you want to create an original pictures.
Use a tripod for maximum camera stability. For random shots of your kids or buildings, a bit of camera shake isn't a big deal, but for once-in-a-lifetime shots that really matter, a bit of camera shake can ruin a perfect memory. If you haven’t got your self a tripod, you may try settling the camera on a flat surface.
When composing shots, set your white balance manually, instead of relying on the automatic settings. Setting your white balance on your own gives you more control over the contrast and mood of your photo. You can be creative and make a false colour photos or make it more natural, and it's all up to you. Don't let the computer program decide how your photos will look.
Play with the shutter speed setting to get shots of both slow and fast-moving subjects. Slow shutter speeds are great for objects that move very slowly, such as streams. Fast shutter speeds, on the other hand, allow you to get a clear shot of a subject that is moving very quickly, such as a race car.
Keep your pictures relatively simple. A good image should be straightforward and easy to interpret and appreciate. It is essential to take meaningful pictures and details, but in most cases your pictures will say more if you focus on a detail rather than put together a complex composition that might not strike people as much.
Use a diffuser to minimize the negative effects of flash photography. The built-in flash on most cameras will produce photos that have a high lighting contrast and your subject shadows will be sharp, which makes them look harsh and unrealistic. A diffuser diffuses the light from the flash, distributing it more evenly and making your flash photos look more natural.
Hopefully, the article provided here gave you some pointers that will help you to improve your photography skills. Now you are much more prepared. Before long, you'll be shooting like a pro!