The focus-lock feature is an important tool on your camera. Most cameras will automatically focus on whatever appears in the center of the frame, so if your subject is off-center, you must tell the camera to focus on it. This is usually accomplished by first making sure the object is in the center and pressing the shutter only halfway down. Then you move the camera so you can have it framed the way you want it. To snap the framed shot, finish pushing down on the shutter.
You may be tempted to shoot low-quality images so you can store more on your camera card. However, you may be sacrificing the print quality. Lower settings are only appropriately used for images that are displayed on the computer.
Although your camera can take horizontal shots, you shouldn't completely rely on this feature. Vertical shots can produce some excellent looking photography. Zoom in if you need to get the full effect, or zoom out so that you can get a full body shot of a human.
Knowing how to hold your camera is an important skill to a potential photography enthusiast. If you hold the camera improperly, you may get a blurry picture. Your arms should be close to your torso, and your non-dominant hand should support the lens and keep as still as possible.
Often a photographer will be so concerned with a landscape background that he neglects the details in the foreground. However, this is the first place the viewer's eye will land. Focusing first and foremost on the foreground of a landscape shot will help you to produce more striking photography with greater depth.
Composition is an important skill you have to learn about and master when delving into photography. If there's lack within the composition, the photography will suffer, as this is true across all forms of art. Study different composition methods and practice them. This will make you a much better-rounded photographer.
Taking photographs at night brings another aspect into your photography. As adequate lighting is not normally available during night shoots, it is important that forethought is given to the lighting that will be used. Setting your shutter speed low and using artificial light can help you take some great pictures at night.
Experiment with the white balance feature. If you leave the white balance unchanged, photos taken inside can take on a yellow hue because of the artificial light. It's often easier to change the white balance setting on the camera than to adjust the lighting in your room. This should, definitely, give a more professional appearance to your photography.
Take your pictures quickly. If you dawdle, your subject may move away, the lighting might change or something else may ruin the shot that you have worked so hard to frame. Taking pictures faster is better.
Digital cameras normally contain a built-in flash that automatically turns on when the natural light is too low. This flash is great for quick shots, but for more professional photography, one should use an external component for flash and lighting. Be sure that your camera can take an external flash component and get one that fits it from a camera store.