These are some suggestions that will see you end up with much better digital photographs.
1. Stop Making the Same Mistakes
Sample some of your most recent photos. Is there a particular problem that seems to persist throughout? Is the image fuzzy? When you look at the photo, are you able to clearly identify who the main subject was, or does it appear like it is far in the distance?
In order to find a solution to each flaw, one has to discover its source. If the image is blurry then it means your hands were probably shaking as you snapped away. This coupled with a slow shutter speed often leads to blurred images. To solve this adjust the shutter speed to a faster setting. If the problem persists, you may have to invest in a tripod or if your camera has it, activate the image stabilization effect.
If you wish to use the blurry effect for artistic use then leave the shutter setting at slow speeds. To bring your subject clearly in to focus and in the foreground be sure to take shots when close or sharpen your lens to get better close-ups.
2. Make Comparisons with Professional Works
To get ideas of good composition, look at photos shot by professional photographers, similar to your subject matter. Good places include, books, magazines, on the Internet and postcard racks.
As you make your comparisons, look at what is missing in your own work and where you can make improvements. Comparing and contrasting allows you to create your own style by identifying your weaknesses and see how other professionals have handled your weaknesses.
3. Wait Before Your Shoot
Before the actual photographing, have a look around your setting and picture in your mind how the photos will turn out. With that image in mind, arrange the site appropriately and start taking your shots.
4. Follow Your Gut and Execute
Before you start, I know this is the opposite of what I told you in the above paragraph, but to capture some shots – those one-in-a-lifetime shots – you have to instinctively raise your camera and shoot.
Mastering this type of photography requires setting you digital camera on a program mode. Let the camera do the work for you. Just bring up the camera, quickly compose and shoot what you have time for.
The shots are only available for brief moments so you may only be able to capture a few at a time. Make use of the zoom lens to make quick adjustments to get the best results.
5. Go back for another Shoot
While looking at your selection of photos, think about how you would re-shoot that same subject. If the location is local, go back at about the same time of year, compose and re-shoot those images. The same subject at the same location changes in appearance with the seasons.
6. Get a Second Opinion
Look for some semi-professional photographers in the area, maybe from a local camera club, and ask them to critique your work. With their experience, they should be able to give you sound advice on how to correct any problems you may not have noticed. Keep their advice in mind and apply it the next time you get an opportunity to take more shots at the same site.