It is a good idea to look at what other photographers do in order to get inspiration. By taking the time to view the art created by other photographers, you will be inspired and reminded of all the different ways a subject can be shown in one single shot.
Good composition is necessary for a great photo. Some people have a keen eye for setting up the perfect picture, while others usually have to work to get better at it. Although some subjects look good centered, learn to use the “rule of thirds” and place your subject in one third of the picture, while filling the other two-thirds with background, this principle works either vertically or horizontally.
Do not be afraid to direct the subjects in your photo where you need them. Show some bravado, and tell the subjects of your photos what to do. Your photos will have better results than if you just sit back and take random pictures of whatever is in front of you.
For an interesting photograph, play around with the focus. Changing the depth of field, or the f-stop, will put all of the focus on the subject of your shot, and blur the background. This is good for taking pictures of people when the person is very close to your camera. Increasing the f-stop will make everything in the photograph in focus, foreground and background. Make sure to use this for your landscape photos.
Hopefully, this article has given you a good sense of what you can do to improve your photography skills. Return to this advice if you ever feel you need a refresher course. Patience and persistence is key. With practice you will be taking great photos for your family to enjoy for generations.