If you are visiting somewhere new, attempt to find out what the local attractions are for photographing. Looking at postcards can give you some great ideas. The postcards will show images of places and subjects that people would like to see and would be a welcome addition to your portfolio. Nearly any subject can look more interesting if you adjust your camera settings, shoot from an alternate angle or use different lighting. Experiment with these techniques beforehand so you’ll be able to visualize how they’ll affect your planned shot.
Consider shooting your subject from a lower level to make it seem more powerful. Conversely, shoot downward at your subject to make it appear less forceful. Opportunities are sure to arise when these techniques will be useful. Experience will help you take advantage of those opportunities. A flash is often used outside to fill in light spots, fade back-lighting and illuminate dark corners. Sunlight can cast gray shadows across the faces of your photograph subjects. Set your camera to the setting that allows you to use a technique called “fill flash” when you see shadows. That will reach into deep facial folds.
Keep your images balanced. If you pay attention to how your setting will work within the confines of the photograph, you can create gallery-quality prints. Get rid of any elements that may distract your viewer from the main subject, ensure that the horizon is properly leveled, and properly frame the subject.
If you wish to join the ranks of very accomplished photographers, move up to a dSLR camera. Digital single-lens reflex cameras are the ideal way to view your subject just after you take the photograph. For larger images and more detailed photographs, a full frame digital single lens reflex camera is the best choice.