Sub par picture quality can affect your reputation as a photographer in a negative way. Here are helpful strategies toward becoming a better photographer.

Get quick with your shutter finger. If you dawdle, your subject may move away, the lighting might change or something else may ruin the shot that you have worked so hard to frame. The faster the camera can take pictures, the better chance you have to get a good picture.

Many photographers ignore the foreground in their shots focusing on the background, but the viewer sees the foreground. You can increase the depth appearance of your photo when you shoot the foreground in a way that makes a great striking frame.

Take a tip here to enhance your photographs! Educate yourself about shutter speeds. M, S, A, and P settings all exist on your camera. The 'P' button will take you to the program mode. This mode will completely automate the shutter and aperture selection process. Select the "P" mode when you're not really sure what you'll be shooting.

When taking pictures of people, make sure that the background is slightly blurred. A sharply focused background pulls attention from your subject, and that is not ideal. You want your viewer's eye to fall on the intended subject. You can do this by having your background farther away from your subject.

Play around with the settings on your camera and create different compositions for your photographs. It's not required that you have a unique object for a high-quality photo. A skilled photographer can take even the most overshot subject and create an image which is creative and jaw-dropping. Experiment to find a style that works for you.

Even the worst photographer can improve his skills through learning new techniques and practicing what he's learned. You must be willing to do your homework on the subject, and ask for constructive feedback from others. Start taking better photos today by implementing these tips.