You've made the decision to take the best photographs you can. This is great timing! Here are some ideas that will get you going with your photographic desires.
Compose your photograph carefully. Sometimes you might have to actually move things around to get the proper contrast or light you want. If you are taking pictures of objects, turn them to get the proper angle. As you progress, you will learn how to make a scene look natural when you compose it.
Learn how to use the ISO setting on your camera. It is the setting that determines the film speed. The higher you set your ISO, the more light that will come in. If you increase the ISO in dark settings you will capture more light making the photo turn out better.
A good photography tip is to focus on subjects that interest you. If you find yourself taking pictures of things that don't interest you, it shouldn't come as a surprise when you see that people aren't interested in your photographs. Picking a subject that you're passionate about is very important.
Pay attention to your light. The lighting in a photograph can bring a subject into better focus or change the mood of the picture. Different lighting setups will result in very different photographs. Avoid harsh direct lighting on your subject's face, as this will generally cause them to squint.
Try different things with the setting that balances the white in photos. When you are taking photos inside, many times your pictures will end up looking a little yellow from the light bulbs. Rather than changing your room's lighting, you can change the white balance of your camera. This can help your photos appear more professional.
Consider your photo angles before you shoot. Look through your cameras view finder to see how the background and foreground interact. Check for odd shapes, or things that will detract from what you were thinking when you decided to take the shot. Taking a second to compose your craft will improve your pictures.
When learning photography, at some point you will need to have some kind of professional instruction. Self-teaching can only get you so far. If you are not taking a class on photography, try getting involved in the photography community. Talk to and ask professionals for advice; after all there are no better teachers in the field than actual photographers.
Most pictures are taken with the camera at or near the subject's eye level. Common sense says this is good, but get the "WOW" factor by changing the angle from which you shoot. Try shooting down at the subject from higher up or get close to the ground and shoot up.
Along with taking shots of people, objects, nature and animals, also take pictures of your souvenirs when you travel. You could put the souvenir next to the store you made the purchase. You could even frame it next to your hotel pool. You can tell the story about your souvenirs from the pictures and enjoy the memories once again from home.
With this newfound information about photography, you are well on your way to taking better shots. You will enjoy spending less time deleting pictures and rustling through the catalog looking for the right picture. Just apply this information to what you already know and watch your photographs come to life.