1. Steady Camera
Stand with your feet shoulder length apart and one foot in front of the other. Keep your elbows in against your sides and hold the camera with both hands. Press the shutter button gently.

2. Lighting
When shooting outdoors have the sun at your/photographer's back so the faces of your subjects will be well lit, and not come out too dark.

3. Background
Plain looking backgrounds bring out the subject you are trying to capture. When looking through the viewfinder study the background for the best result possible. Stay away from reflective objects such as windows and mirrors.

4. Landscapes
Before snapping the picture, make sure the horizon or waterline are level with the frame so it will be more appealing to the eye.

5. Action shots
To "freeze" the action, such as a child on a swing or jumping up and down, press the shutter button just before the apex of the movement.

6. Get closer
Getting closer to your subject increases the quality of the picture by eliminating unnecessary background, and brings the focus of the picture to what you really want to capture, the subject.

7. Be ready
Always have your camera with you and ready to go! These days most cameras can fit in your pocket! You never know when that perfect time will come to capture that special moment. So be ready!

8. Be different
When taking a picture of a person, place them to one side of the picture. This is a great way to make your pictures more interesting and appealing to the eye.

9. Viewpoints
Lying down while taking a picture of the dog playing or kneeling to take a picture of a toddler's first steps. This will help the people viewing the pictures feel like they were a part of it all!

10. Outdoors? Use a flash.
Bright sun can create unwanted shadows on faces. Eliminate shadows by using your flash to lighten facial shots. On cloudy days using a flash can help make the person stand out.