How to take great photos for beginners

Flicking through old family albums will always bring back memories even if some of the images are fairly poor. You know the ones that haven’t got the main subject of the photograph in the middle of the photo. The problem used to be that there was little that could be done if you got things wrong. You had to wait for a film to develop before you had any idea of the quality. Clear shots could be enlarged and edited to improve things but before the days of digital photography those without any real ability were often disappointed with their efforts.

Digital photography and the ability to edit most aspects of a photograph has transformed the hobby. You can take shot after shot and discard those of dubious quality. If you are unhappy with what you have taken then take if you are still on site start again. You don’t have to reload films any more.


You have to learn some basics because there is a limit to what you can achieve with editing. A photo that is out of focus will stay out of focus whatever your best efforts. If you really want to learn all about photography then you need to read the instruction leaflet over and over again. There are automatic settings that you can use until you are comfortable you have mastered your camera. You are not wasting film in learning the skills. You can practice on whatever you like and simply delete the photographs.

There is always a fair amount of trial and error in mastering your camera to ultimately create the photographs that represent the things your eyes have seen.


It is important to think about the composition of a photograph, the main subject as well as a suitable background. If the whole of the subject has been caught in the shot you can edit it to center the subject. However you may not be able to have the photo you originally sought if you need to eliminate some of the background.

There is certainly a skill in capturing a moving object. If you can anticipate how quickly it is moving and actually get it in a fairly central position in the photo before you do any editing, then you will have a photo to be proud of.


Exposure is made up of three elements:

  • Aperture determines the amount of light that can enter
  • Shutter speed decides how much of that light can go further
  • ISO is the sensor that determines the length of exposure

This is basic to your understanding the workings of your camera but that is just the start because there are several settings and if you have time to compose a photograph then you can seek the exact settings that you require rather than have the camera on auto.

It is important to be patient and with the help of editing functions you will soon be surprised how good your photographs will become.