That is awesome as it can be very rewarding. You may find yourself intimidated by the sheer breadth of information available to you. Below are some tips that can boost the quality of your photos.
Choose what will be in your shot. Imagine your camera is a tiny window focused in on just one component of your subject. Don’t attempt to include too much. To give an overview of a subject, take multiple pictures, instead of a single shot that may not have all of the details.
Perhaps the best way to get high quality photos is to take a lot of pictures, so it’s important that your camera has a big memory card. A larger memory card will allow you to take as many pictures as you need without worrying about running out of space on the card. Another benefit of large memory cards is that they allow you to take shots in RAW format, and that enables a good deal of flexibility.
Pre-focus your camera and move the lens slightly in one direction so that the subject you are shooting is slightly off center. Most people expect the subject to be in the center of the frame; varying it up a bit can add visual interest. Off-centering your photos makes them more interesting to those viewing them.
Find a good balance between aperture, shutter speed and ISO. It is those three elements which make up the exposure of the shot. Unless you are shooting for an artsy, atmospheric result, try to avoid under- or over-exposed photos. Experimentation with these features and how they work together will lead you to the perfect combination.
If you don’t know a model, try to make them feel as comfortable with you as possible. A lot of people look at someone taking pictures as a potential threat. Have a nice chat and make them feel comfortable with you, and then ask if it’s okay to photograph them. Help people see photography as an art form, not as a way to invade their privacy.
One way to foster creativity in your photography is to impose limitations on yourself. For instance, tell yourself that you will only take pictures that revolve around a particular concept. Then go and take 100 different photos in the same room or with the same point of view. Having these limitations in place can make you be more creative and think outside of the box.
If you are photographing a bride or someone else in white, a contrasting background will help make their clothing stand out. The majority of cameras use auto-focus, which analyzes the different colors, shades and tones of the objects in the frame. White clothing gets washed out and loses its detail in these types of pictures.
Carefully read the entire manual that came with your camera. Manuals that come with your camera are often dense and large. Often, they are thrown into a drawer or discarded and are never to be seen again. Instead of letting it gather dust, crack it open and give it a look. The manual can assist you in taking higher quality pictures and prevent dumb mistakes.
You should make sure to keep your eyes open for patterns, both artificial and natural. Patters make photographs look a lot more interesting. Learn to use this to create new backgrounds and perspectives in your pictures.
Now, you should have some new techniques to try out on your next pictures. Return to this list as needed to brush up on the techniques discussed. Patience and persistence is key. With practice you will be taking great photos for your family to enjoy for generations.