Figure out what ISO values work best for different shots, or you could end up disappointed. Remember that the higher you turn the ISO, the more you can see, and thus print, grain on your photo. If this is not an effect you are consciously aiming for, visible grain can make your photo look awful.
You can do a lot to change the quality of your pictures by adjusting the focus of the shot. What is your primary subject? This doesn’t always have to be in the center of the photo. Having your subject in the lower right hand or left hand corner, for example, can increase dramatic aspects of your picture. If you want to get into taking pictures in the old fashioned manner try finding a old film camera and taking some shots! For an even more dramatic effect, ISO rated 200 black and white film offers a great nostalgic quality. When you have the film developed, have it printed on some different kinds of papers.
Before you take a photo, do not move and hold your breath. Even the slightest movement can mess up a shot. Catch yourself before you press the button: hold the camera still and wait to take a breath until after the shot is taken. Leaning how to properly expose your photos is key to great looking photographs. You can gather this information by understanding how your camera’s histogram works. It allows you to see if a shot is overexposed or underexposed, so you can make adjustments for the next shot.
Try to experiment with colors, angles and the different features of your camera. You do not necessarily need the most interesting subject or object for a great picture. A skilled photographer can take even the most overshot subject and create an image which is creative and jaw-dropping. You will find your own style as you experiment.
Low light makes for tricky photography conditions due to the increased blurriness it causes. When you are taking photos in a low light situation, concentrate on holding your hands steady. Perhaps even find a place to firmly put them down upon. The ideal solution to this circumstance is the use of a tripod. Hold your breath while taking pictures to get the perfect shot, all while remaining still. Even the smallest movement could make your picture come out wrong. Before you take that amazing picture, take care that you are neither breathing nor moving.