Good job! You may be lost, however, due to an oversaturation of information. Here is some advice that will cut through all the middle ground and aid you in improving your shot quality quickly.
In order to produce professional results, a professional-quality camera is necessary. A DSLR camera is the best thing to buy if you’d like to take great photographs. This type of camera is the number one choice among most professional photographers. That fact alone should testify to a DSLR’s potential in helping you improve your own photographs.
All parts of the landscape will be visible in your picture, so be sure to pay attention to what will be at the front of the image. Compose the foreground so that it creates a striking frame to increase your depth of field.
Take photographs of insignificant items while you are travelling to, and visiting, your destination. These small details may seem unimportant at the time, but they will add color and completeness later, when reflecting back. They will bring back your good memories of the trip. Feel free to photograph the little things like signage, shop windows or even the unusual things that collect in your pocket, such as foreign coins and train tickets.
As you take photographs, also take notes. Just looking at all those pictures you took could be hard to recall your feelings about them or where they were even taken. Use a notepad to record numbers of photos and descriptions.
Practice selecting effective combinations of ISO, aperture, and shutter speed. These features will influence the exposure. You do not want to have an overexposed or underexposed photograph if you can avoid it, unless this is what you were originally looking for. Have a play with these features and the changes they can make to your photos until you discover what combination of the three you like the best.
If you like the creative feeling an old camera gives you, consider buying some vintage gear in a second hand shop. Try getting some black and white film that has a ISO 200 rating; it is the best for all situations. When you develop the pictures, consider using old fashioned papers as well. Fiber-based papers are good.
Balance is prized in most endeavors, and there is a natural tendency to prioritize what lies at the center of an image. People love symmetry, and in most cases that’s a good thing, but sometimes, the best photos are those that are a bit unusual. Taking a photo off-center is one way to cater to this taste. Be aware of the auto-focus feature, which can lock the view to the middle of the lens. Focus the shot manually, then fix the focus before hitting the shutter button.
When you are shooting a photo, do so quickly. Moments are fleeting, if you take too long getting ready for a shot, your subject may be long gone by the time you take the photograph. The moment can be gone when smiles get weary, children and pets get restless, or the scene changes. Try not to worry about getting all the camera settings correct, otherwise you risk missing the shot.
Use manual white balance when taking your pictures. Doing so will alter the way the picture “feels” and also puts control into your hands. There’s a learning curve for finding what looks best, but the camera’s manual white balance can help you express creativity in your photos.
Focus on your subject. The quality of the overall photo is hugely impacted by whether or not the focus is on your subject. For photos that convey your personal style and make effective use of composition, keep the camera focused. Especially when starting out, your main subject should be in view and centered. The background will do it’s own thing.
At this point, you should be well informed about how to become a better photographer. Make use of what you have learned from this article, and come back to it for a refresher as needed. If you stay dedicated, you photos will become art.