To be good at taking photographs, you have to get proper training and have some natural talent. You do not have to be a natural photographer, but you have to learn some essential things about taking photos.
Try using different shutter speeds and remember what works for a specific situation. You can choose to leave the shutter open and capture the night sky as it swirls overhead, or set if for a fraction of a second to capture high speed action. When photographing objects in motion, use a fast shutter speed. Slower shutter speeds are ideal for photographing landscapes and still life.
Try out new things; experiment, and don’t be afraid in taking new and original pictures. Good photography takes unique style, and you want to show the world a new view through your lens. Try your best to not take stereotypical pictures; you want to be as unique as you can. Find unique angles, and do not be afraid to let your creative side loose.
When shooting landscapes, it is important for you to create depth within the image. Give an idea of the scale by including a subject somewhere in the foreground. To gain sharper images, adjust your aperture to a smaller setting; try f/16 for full-frame single lens reflex cameras and f/8 for the more standard digital ones.
When deciding which of your pictures to show or put on display, choose the absolute best shots you have. Keep things fresh and not repetitive. Just because you took a photo does not mean you have to show it. Many people tire quickly of viewing picture after picture of a single subject. Always try to show new perspectives, and showcase various aspects of your talent with your photography.
You can be a great photographer and even have a career based off of it. Taking a good picture takes a lot more than just point and shoot. Photography is about highlighting the natural beauty present in life and immortalizing it in a portrait.