Good for you! First, you must begin with research. Do not allow yourself to become overwhelmed by the vast amounts of information you may find. Here is some advice that will cut through all the middle ground and aid you in improving your shot quality quickly.
Do not make your camera settings too complicated. Master one feature, such as shutter speed or aperture, one at a time. The picture you want to take may no longer be there if you take too much time worrying over settings before you shoot; the scene may have changed or the person has gone away.
You shouldn’t neglect the foreground as many novice photographers do. Consider a natural frame in the foreground of the photo so that a perception of depth is achieved.
One way to make the subjects of your picture pop out is to have a background that is not as well defined. When the background is fully focused, the viewer will have trouble determining just what the focus of the picture was supposed to be. This loss of focus is achievable by increasing the distance between the person and the background.
Quite often, digital cameras have an automatic flash function that automatically goes off when the light is dim. While this type of auto-flash is perfect for point-and-shoot purposes, professional photographers often prefer to invest their cash in a separate flash unit that can be attached to the camera. Check to make sure your camera has a “hot shoe” on top that will accommodate an external flash, then go to a professional camera store to ensure that you are getting one that automatically syncs with your camera.
Experiment with taking pictures from different angles to see how it changes your interest in the subject of your photograph. When a subject is in the center, it is very mundane and not fun to look at. Try to place your subject to one side to be more interesting.
If you don’t know a model, try to make them feel as comfortable with you as possible. Many people feel self-conscious or uncomfortable being put in front of a camera. Be sociable and down-to-earth, start a conversation with them, and politely ask if it’s okay for you to photograph them. Be sure to explain why you are taking the photographs, and your love of artful expression through photography.
Educating yourself about appropriate composition can help your photography improve, regardless of whether you are a beginner or an experienced photographer. Bad composition can turn an otherwise-great shot into something that doesn’t seem quite right. Study up on different methods of composition and then apply it to your own photos.
Hopefully you should have an idea of what to do next when it comes to bettering your photography skills. You can always come back to this list if you need to. With practice and research, you can develop a keen eye for photography and turn your hobby into a passion.