1. Get down at their level.

Get down at the subject's eye level. They don't have to look into the camera, but as long as you keep the camera at the same level as their eye's it sure looks a whole lot better.
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2. Use a plain background.

When you take a picture, sometimes the background is cluttered and takes away from the subject. To avoid this, take the picture on a plain background. You can also try to blur out the background so that you can't see it, therefore emphasizing the subject because it is not blurry.
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3. Use flash outdoors.

Even if it is the sunniest day in the world, you should still use flash. That is because there are still shadows. If there are shadows on you subject, then you can't see them very well. If you use flash, it eliminates the shadows and your subject looks better. If it is a cloudy day, you should obviously still use flash, because there will still be shadows.
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4. Get in close.

If your subject is far from the camera, then there can be many background distractions. If you get in close, it gets rid of the background distractions and really brings out the subject. You can use macro mode for better close up pictures.
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5. Take some vertical pictures.

Some pictures look better vertical, like tall structures or people. If you take them horizontal, they may not quite look quite as appealing.
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6. Focus.

Make sure you focus on your pictures, otherwise they are really blurry.
1. Center the subject.
2. Press the shutter button half way down, not all the way.
3. Keep holding it, and re-frame your picture.
4. Push down the shutter button and take the picture.
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7. Off-centered

Your picture looks better when the subject isn't in the middle, but on the side.
Remember, the camera focuses on the middle, so make sure that you follow the steps above to make it focus on the subject on the side.
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8. Flash Range

When taking pictures, make sure you know the camera's flash range. On most cameras, the flash range is about 10 feet. Any pictures in which the subject is beyond the flash range will turn out too dark.
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9. Watch the Light

Good lighting makes a picture look better. Watch out for overhead light. It can cast a lot of shadows and the picture doesn't look as good. Pictures are best taken early in the morning or late daylight.
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10. Be a Picture Director

Take time to take good photos. Don't just take a quick snapshot of the scene. Try to arrange the subjects, get in at different angles, add/move props. Watch your pictures improve. It will be worth it!
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