There is more to photography than just taking a picture or something or someone. This particular media is rich and complex, like an art. As an art, there are many different techniques that you can learn to improve your photography. You must know what is beautiful, as well as see details. Here are some suggestions that can help you out.
Try out new ideas, and don’t shy away from taking original photos. A great photograph should be not only aesthetically pleasing, but should also showcase a personal style. Avoid recreating certain famous photographs to see how your view differs from that of the original artist. Try looking for angles that are unique, and be creative.
Make sure you have a good sense of depth when shooting landscapes. Establish a sense of scale by placing an object within the foreground of your picture. You can get decent focus on both foreground and background objects by using a small aperture setting: Something under f/8 with a standard digital camera or f/16 when using a full-frame SLR.
While the background is important, what the viewer is going to notice first is the foreground of the landscape. You can increase the depth appearance of your photo when you shoot the foreground in a way that makes a great striking frame.
A good photograph needs a great subject. Without the right subject you will be unable to compose a beautiful portrait even if you have the best equipment available. Choose things that are inspiring or look for someone who can be a model.
Anyone can become a great photographer, there are no secret methods. Practice your shooting to gain experience, and hone your skills. Feel free to experiment; there is no need to develop or keep all of the photos you take, especially if you use a digital camera. You will become better as you take pictures of everything you see and judge them later to see where you could have taken a better picture.
As you have read, getting the perfect shot requires a number of different elements and conditions. Doing this will really increase the quality and the amount you value your photographs.