I'm no photography pro, I barely know half of what my NikonD3100 can do, but what I do know is that I have a love for taking photos. I guess I could call myself a shutterbug. I always have a camera on hand, whether it's my iPhone, my small Sony Cybershot or my DSLR. I just never want a photo opp to pass me by! Anyway, as much as I take pics I have developed sort of a routine for the way I handle my cameras and approach my photo set ups. These small tricks have really helped me capture some great shots.
1. Don't be afraid to turn your camera. I like horizontal shots, but turning the camera vertical or even on small angles can add a bit more excitement to the end product!
2. Get down, get down, get down...especially when photographing children. It's important to capture some moments from the level of the subject instead of always shooting them from above. It usually seems to add a nice perspective to the completed shot!
3. You have a digital camera without film so don't be afraid to take multiple shots of the same thing. I always do this and then choose the nicest out of the bunch at a later time. There are usually only slight differences between the photos, but they could be differences that make or break how happy you are with your photo, so click, click, click!
4. Turn off that flash! Try using natural light as much as possible, it really makes for a better photo in most cases. I'm still figuring how to compensate for low light with my big camera, but I'm getting there. Honestly though, the shots without the flash always turn out to be the ones I like better!
5. Have fun! Don't be too serious about your photo list. Yes, there are always certain shots you'd like to capture while on vacation or while attending special events, but always remember to catch the details, a laugh from a relative, a sleeping pet, a close up of that graduation tassel. Anything that helps your final album tell a complete story will be a positive element. Remember, your shooting in digital, you can always delete what you don't like.