Learn Photography: 10 Tips For Taking Pictures Like A Professional
You don't have to be a professional photographer to take great pictures. In photography, as in life, it's the little things that matter. There are many small tricks you can use to immediately improve your photos, and when you combine them the results will make your pictures stand out and have your family and friends begging you for copies.
A plain background could be a stand of trees behind your subject, a building or something else that draws the eye to your subject and enhances the picture. Don't forget to study the background as you set up the picture. You don't want anything in the picture that could make it look unusual or unnatural, such as cars in the background seemingly dangling from your subject's ears.
Unless the sun is directly on your subject's face, you are going to have facial shadows that could ruin the picture. Make sure you turn on your flash and use the proper mode so that the shadows disappear.
You should be able to adjust your flash and if you are using a digital camera, you'll be able to see whether or not the flash is too much or just right. Check to see if your camera has a flash-fill mode. This is the best flash to use when the subject is close up on sunny or on overcast days when you need just a bit more light. Don't be afraid to experiment.