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When photographing an event, let your instincts take over. As soon as you see something that catches your eye, snap a photo. Then, once you have a shot “in the can,” take more time to capture a different view of the scene.
Experiment with different flash effects. Try placing colored gels over the front of the flash. You’ll be surprised at how that little bit of color can change the look of a photo.
Professional photographers have an intimate understanding of how their cameras work, and that’s part of how they get great shots. The more time you spend taking pictures and the more comfortable you get with your camera’s controls, the more attention you can pay to what you’re shooting.
Practice taking images with manual control over the sensitivity of your camera. Make it a point to think about what ISO would be best for what you’re shooting, and set it yourself. This will help you gain more control over the camera.
Improvise if you need a tripod and don't have one. Try placing your camera on top of your camera bag on the ground or a table, or use a trashcan or ledge. Adding a beanbag or a jacket can help you get the picture. And if you use the self-timer to trip the shutter, you won’t create blur by moving the camera when you take the picture.
Try using fill-flash in backlit situations (where the strongest light is behind your subject). Sometimes you just need the shot looking toward the sun, such as when there’s a beautiful sunset. Turn your flash on, or use a Speedlight to provide light for your subject.
When photographing a landscape, make sure you have a point of interest. This could be an old tree, an animal grazing in a field or a silhouette of a person. It will provide scale and context, and something for the viewer’s eyes to return to as they explore the photo.
Light reflects off of glass surfaces at a 90-degree angle to the source, so if you’re photographing directly in front of glass (a window, the glass on an aquarium tank, etc.) you’re going to get a big burst of light in your picture. Move so that you’re facing your subject at a slight angle and then there’s a good chance the light will reflect off the glass away from your camera.
Watch kids as they play. They often repeat what makes them happy. This will help you get a much more real shot.
Less is often more. It can be more of a challenge to decide what not to put in the picture. Simple, strong compositions can make more powerful pictures.