3) Experiment with your camera settings
Program– The features are pre-determined and you don’t need to alter the camera settings.
Automatic– The camera is its own master. It makes the best guess possible to take photos.
Manual– You are the master and the controller. You can set the camera settings.
Try shooting in different camera settings. Each time you take a picture, play with the ISO setting, aperture and shutter speed setting. Don’t focus more on the editing part. Post production is not a thing to ponder about when you are a beginner. Stay away from auto and program mode. It’s better to stick to manual mode and do the shooting. After you have downloaded the images in your computer, go through the EXIF details in the properties of the photos. This way, you will be able to learn quicker.
2. Take photos regularly
Do you like going out often? In order to improve as a photographer, you should go out more often and try shooting. Try taking more pictures every day. Shoot everything you find interesting. Take time to shoot and practice every day. Try to remember what you learn every time you shoot. Get up early and go for a walk. If you want to have the best lighting in your images, you need to get up early and shoot. Try landscape photography in the morning. Explore your surrounding and take pictures of it.
1. Learn post- production
After you are confident with your camera skills, start learning the post production. Avoid manipulating the photo so much that it may lose its originality. Consider using a program like picasa to edit your photos. Cropping, contrast and color polishing, red eye removal can be done. Perform few basic editing to polish the quality of the image. Avoid cropping and start getting closer to the subject. Do not wholly depend on the post production part. Work more on getting the images better in the camera. Over manipulating the images is not a very good thing to do too.
With these few tips in mind, you will end up with better pictures for sure. The main thing is to give time to yourself and the camera. Try experimenting and learning by yourself. Go out and explore the things you didn’t know existed. Go find something interesting that you would love to capture in your camera. Good luck!