This is great! There is indeed a lot of things to learn and you may be unsure where to begin. Here is some advice that will cut through all the middle ground and aid you in improving your shot quality quickly.
Framing is a very important aspect of photography. Make sure to not have distracting background items, but zoom in on your major focal point. You will reduce clutter in your photos and prevent unwanted focal points.
Experiment with all of your cameras features, as well as color composition and the angle at which you take the photo. An original object is something that is not required to take a great looking picture. A good photographer makes even insignificant objects look interesting. Finding your style can be done by trying different techniques.
You are allowed to move around the subject to find an interesting shot. Take your photos from all different angles to get different effects.
Most modern digital cameras have a flash that automatically deploys when they detect low-light situations. Even though these may be convenient, you may want to get an external flash with different light ranges, so that you have more control over your lighting. Find out if your camera comes with a “hot shoe” attached to the top that will allow an external flash to be attached. If you are not familiar with cameras, consider going to a professional to ensure you have purchased an external unit that is compatible with your camera.
If you are attracted to the old-fashioned feel and look of the photos taken by film-based cameras, you can buy a film-camera at a discount price through a second-hand store and give it a try. For a dramatic shot, black and white film is great. Make sure you get one with an ISO of 200 for a good all-around film. When you have the film developed, have it printed on some different kinds of papers.
Natural lighting is a key component. You will not want the glare of the sun, so choose outdoor lighting that is lower, either first thing in the morning or after the sun has dropped in the afternoons. When the sun is at its highest, it can cast unwanted shadows, and your subject could end up squinting due to the strong light. You should position yourself and your subject so that the light hits your subject on the side.
Have you ever needed to take photos of subjects that were rained on? Carry a spray bottle full of water and mist your subject, creating “rain” droplets to complete your shot.
Hopefully, the next time you meet up with your camera, you will be able to use the information from this article to set up the perfect shot. You can always come back to this list if you need to. Keep at it to produce artistic photographs!