There is no better starting point for would-be photographers than to begin studying a collection of pertinent picture-taking tips. Read these tips to get started, apply them, and practice.
It takes experimentation to learn which shutter speed works best in different settings. You can either capture a precise moment or use a higher exposure to blur together a period of time. Faster shutter speeds should be used to capture objects in motion, while slower shutter speeds are great for still shots.
Try to avoid including an overcast sky in your shots. Showing too much gray sky in photos will make pictures appear muted. If the sky is overcast, perhaps you should shoot the photograph in black and white. If, on the other hand, the sky is clear and blue, include more of it but consider how the additional light affects the rest of your shot.
Create depth when you shoot landscapes. Get a sense of scale by having a person or object placed in the foreground. A small aperture–no more than f/8 on a digital camera and no more than f/16 on a SLR–can show sharpness in both the background and foreground.
Do not allow your camera batteries to run low because you never know when a photo opportunity will occur. You should always load your digital camera with fully-charged batteries, because it can be a real energy hog, especially when you use the LCD screen. If you are really serious about photography, then you might even want to carry extra batteries in your camera bag, so you never miss anything good.
Take a deep breath, and try to remain as still as possible when pressing the shutter button. Alternatively, use a tripod and/or a shutter release cable. When you move quickly, even if the movement is minute, it will interrupt the shot’s clarity and ruin a shot. Just before hitting the button, take a moment to steady the camera and take a deep breath.
It is hoped that these suggestions and tips will give you the boost you need to start shooting great photos. The tips above were hand-picked to guide beginning photographers toward the skills they need to really succeed in the field.