1. Hold the camera steady with your elbows close to your body, or propped on something stable (table, bench, etc.) OR use a tripod.
2. Don’t be afraid of angles or changing your orientation (portrait or landscape).
3. Before pressing the shutter button, check your focus points. Is your photo focused on the subject or on something in the foreground or background?
4. Check your camera settings before shooting photos…Are they correct for the current conditions? ie: ISO, Shutter Speed, White Balance, etc.
5. Listen to your teacher (if in a classroom situation) AND use great resources such as DPS!
6. Listen to experienced photographers. Also, view and study works of other photographers. This helps provide different perspectives and inspiration.
7. Learn how to use the Macro settings (or Macro lens) for your camera. Give the smallest details of nature great importance!
8. Use the continuous shooting mode to capture movement.
9. Take LOTS and LOTS of pictures!
10. Have FUN!
You can see some of the work of the class who put this list together here.