Attempt to move closer to the person or thing that you want to take a picture of. There is nothing worse than the subject being so far away in a photo that it makes it hard to see colors and details. Make it easy for yourself and your viewers to see a subject clear and vividly.
Opt for optical zoom, not digital zoom, when zooming in for a close-up shot. A lot of cameras let you zoom closer than the optics alone can handle, but image quality starts deteriorating when digital features are enabled. The digital mode divides the image into pixels, which will become visible as you zoom in. Read over your camera manual and see how you can disable this feature.
When photographing nature subjects, use a variety of angles that make the subject look interesting to you. Take a few minutes to enjoy the scene, and make sure you do not leave any traces of your presence. If you find a good spot to take great pictures, maintain the pristine condition of the location for the next person that comes along.
White is the worst color to be wearing in photographs, despite popular opinion to the contrary. Cameras generally have an auto-focus setting that attempts to “read” the available light. Colors and shades present will affect this reading. White is almost always “washed out” in shots like this.
When you are an artist you will want to snap photos that show images as having real meaning. The photographer should concentrate on composition and the presentation of the image. This takes some planning. Pictures with the right composition are pictures that people can view and know exactly what the photographer was trying to express.
Kids can be hard to photograph, so just allow them to be themselves and try to capture it as best you can. Children have so much pent-up energy that it can be frustrating to attempt to get them stationary for a picture. Instead, take pictures of a child as he or she plays naturally.
Be aware that creative and professional photographs are rarely attained by chance; you must learn processes such as lighting, composition and focusing. If you use different focus and lighting, you can see what it can do for your photographs.