Becoming an accomplished photographer is a matter of talent, practice and skill, much more than money spent on equipment. Right off the bat I will say- keep shooting and gain more experience. Feel free to experiment; there is no need to develop or keep all of the photos you take, especially if you use a digital camera. Compare your pictures with what you did the week before and you will see progress.
Think about what the final use of your picture will be before you shoot it. Sometimes it is better to shoot a picture horizontally and other times vertically. While it is possible to change the photo from one orientation to another after it has been taken, it is best to make sure that you take it right originally so that you get into the frame all you intended.
A lot of cameras that are digital contain built in flashes that automatically turn on when the lighting is dim. The convenience of this feature can be great for quick candid shots, however, if your goal is more professional shots, consider the purchase of an external flash; this will allow greater diversity in your lighting needs. Be sure that your camera can take an external flash component and get one that fits it from a camera store.
You can change the effect of your picture by altering your shutter speed. When you are photographing moving subjects, setting a fast shutter speed will allow you to capture an image with split-second timing, without motion blur. This comes in handy at sporting events or when photographing pets and children. You can also use a slower shutter speed to create motion blur. Slowing down the shutter speed makes running water look particularly impressive.
The lighting will have a huge effect on the outcome of your photos. If you want to take pictures outside, do it early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Whenever the sun is directly overhead, it can cause troublesome shadows and cause your subject to squint. The optimum way to make use of the sunlight is by setting up a shot in which the subject in the photo is getting hit side on.
As with all things in life, your photography skills can not improve if you do not get out there and practice! The expenses involved in practicing photography have dropped dramatically now that high-quality digital cameras are widely available. There no longer is the fear that, with each picture, you are wasting money, so you can allow yourself to experiment as much as you want, to learn new methods, to get great images.
Use all the available space. Be sure to fill up your photo with
the item you are shooting. Less background and fewer distractions mean a
better photograph. By playing around with your available space it is a
good idea to take a few shots and choose the best from the lot.
Moving objects. If you are shooting a still object, be sure to minimize
moving objects as much as possible as you lose detail of images as well
as sharpness. Even the most top of the range camera will have
difficulty in capturing very fast moving objects in great detail. The
detail in your photo makes a huge difference.
Get close to the
item you are shooting. This will definitely help you get a better pixel
shot. Close up shots have more detail and seem to be much clearer. Also
light doesn't have to travel a long distance to reach your lens.
Try 1 or 2 different angles. You will notice that sometimes
just shooting a different angle can make the photo 200% better! A good
subject to try different angles in a person. Shoot a different angel
when another photographer is taking a photo of a person and see for
yourself the power of angles.
Read you camera's manual. You will be shocked by the amount of features your camera has.