Some tips from Life Hack to take better digital pictures. I would add this:
- Take lots of pictures. It's digital. You can delete whatever you want.
- Get close. And then, get closer.
- Remember the rule of thirds. Putting the object of the picture right in the middle of the frame can be boring. Try shaking it up and put the person in the first third of the frame. Likewise, play with the horizon to give a shot a different feel.
- Most digital cameras have crummy flashes. Take it outside. An overcast day without direct sun will give you great pictures. Pictures at sunrise and sunset give a warmer glow to a picture. Middle of the day pics cast shadows.