Select what will appear in your photograph. A good picture should be like a small window showing a certain aspect of your subject. Do not try showing too much. If you want to give a more general impression of something, take a series of pictures rather than a single photograph with no real focus or details.
If you want to take professional grade photos, you need a professional grade camera. It doesn’t matter how perfect the shot was if your camera is inferior. You want to look at purchasing a dSLR camera to get the best photographs. This is what most photographers are using, and if you want quality photos like them, this is what you need as well.
Keep your arms in close to your body while holding your camera, and keep your hands on the bottom and sides of the camera. This will minimize shaking and produce clearer shots. Putting your hands underneath the camera and lens instead of on top will also prevent you from accidentally dropping your camera.
When you are making the decision of which of your photographs to display or show make sure that you choose your best ones. Do not show every photograph you have ever taken or too many of the same subject matter. It can get very boring for others to see the same thing over and over again. Keep it fresh and show different aspects of your photography.
Keeping your batteries charged will help you never miss the shot of a lifetime. Digital cameras can use a lot of power, especially when using the LCD screen, so make sure your batteries are fully charged before needing to use the camera. Another good idea is to carry a set of spare batteries for your camera with you so that you never miss a shot.
Don’t just try to take a picture of your subject from one angle, try a bunch of different angles. You are allowed to move around the subject to find an interesting shot. Try shooting the subject matter from above it, below it, to the right of it, to the left of it, etc.
Most digital cameras have built-in flash components that automatically pop up when the light is dim. These are convenient for quick photos, but if you are hoping for something a little more professional, consider investing in an external flash unit for a broader range of lighting. Check to make sure your camera has a “hot shoe” on top that will accommodate an external flash, then go to a professional camera store to ensure that you are getting one that automatically syncs with your camera.
Try pre-focusing your camera and then moving so that your subject is not right in the middle of the lens. Centering can be very expected and therefore not all that interesting to look at in a photo. Try off-centering your shots to make your subject appear more interesting to the viewer.
There is no secret to becoming a good photographer. Keep taking pictures and gain experience. You do not have to develop all your pictures or keep them, especially with the digital format. You will become better as you take pictures of everything you see and judge them later to see where you could have taken a better picture.