Taking Better Photos: 10 Tips For Beginners

These are photography tips for beginning professionals, as well as amateur photographers.

So you’ve got the latest camera and the biggest lenses but you’re still not happy with the pictures you’re taking. It takes more than high-end gear to end up with the best photos, as this article will explain. Go from Facebook photographer to picture pro starting with these 10 easy steps.

For all of those reading who are wanting to get into photography the Nikon D3100 is an excellent entry-level digital SLR camera, and it’s going for a bargain price on eBay.

Rule of Thirds

One of the classic rules of photography is the rule of thirds – don’t place your subject in the direct center of the frame and instead put them slightly to the left or right. Although not everyone agrees, a good explanation of the rule is given by the Digital Photography School. The great thing is many cameras come with features that display a grid displaying thirds, leaving you to only think about the photo.

Carry your camera everywhere

You never know when there’ll be something you want to capture. Even taking a less powerful but smaller camera means you can stay active within your hobby, ready for when that perfect shot makes itself known. Constant use will also mean that you’ll come to…

Understand your camera

Digital SLR camera using guide for dummies.

This is a cheatsheet from a collection of photography cheatsheets.


Learn exactly how the functions and options on your camera work. Just take some time to play around and see what kind of results you get – don’t be afraid to experiment. Once you do, that knowledge will be crucial for taking memorable shots in the future

Eye contact

Never lose sight of your subject. The simple act of engaging them in eye contact can bring so much personality and depth into a shot, making others who see it connect with the subject. This is especially important for portraits – nothing is as strong as a piercing glance.

Think about the background

cuddling two puppies

Backgrounds are one of the most important parts of pet photography.

Be conscious of where you’re taking your photographs. It can be easy to forget about backgrounds and have them end up being too busy or distracting. If there’s ever a choice between simple and complicated backgrounds, always go simple. Speaking of backgrounds…


This is great for artistically-minded people. Use the lines in you backgrounds to draw the viewers’ eyes where you want them: surround subjects with arches or create a sense of height with tall buildings. Don’t be afraid to be creative.

Use flash during the day

During parts of the day when the sun is brightest, harsh shadows can make photographs dark and muddy. Switching your flash on might seem counter-intuitive but it’ll result in a move evenly lit and smoother subject, drastically improving the quality of the shot.

Stop looking at the screen!

Your first job is capturing the moment, so checking pictures comes later. Just stay focused and keep snapping – remember that with a digital camera the memory (and/or extra cards) means it has huge capacity there’s no reason to stop snapping.

Keep it simple

Free ideas for photographers

It doesn’t matter how complicated the process is behind the camera, in the picture, everything should be simple.

No one’s won an award for taking a picture of everything at once. Let pictures speak for themselves, remember that you’re simply there to create a lasting memory of the moment. And if you want to take it further, why not try entering a competition, like those run by National Geographic.

Practice every day and have fun!

Just get out there and take some really cool pictures, simple as. The opportunities are endless with a digital camera.

Author Bios : Ella Mason, an experienced freelance writer, wrote this article. Ella specialises in providing useful and engaging advice to small businesses. Follow her on Twitter @ellatmason

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