If you’re new to digital photography, you might feel uncertain about how to make the most of your new digital camera and take the best photos that you can. The best tip is to begin using your new camera often. Since you can always delete your experimental pictures, it’s a great no-cost way to get familiar with your digital camera and work on your photography skills at the same time.

Check your photos often. You’ve probably been liking the way you can frame your photos using your new camera’s built-in LCD monitor, but did you know that it’s handy for helping you to improve your photos, too? Make sure to check the photo you’ve just taken. You’ll be able to see things that you might like to change, such as lighting, or your subject’s positioning. Once you make adjustments, you can take another picture, and chances are it will be better than your initial photo.

Use natural light whenever possible. Natural lighting is the best light for photos. This isn’t difficult to do when you’re taking pictures outdoors, but what about all those indoor photos? Whenever possible, position your subjects close to a window, and choose a window that gives you soft, indirect light. Direct sunlight can create harsh dark shadows in your photo.

Try a tripod. A tripod is useful because you can take a steadier shot with it then when you simply hold your digital camera by the hand. Often this won’t be a factor, but if you’re zooming in to take a close-up, a tripod will reduce the chances of shooting a blurry picture. You can buy good quality, compact tripods that fold up easily and are extremely portable.Use your flash when it’s bright and sunny. If you’ve ever taken a picture in direct sunlight and been disappointed because there are dark shadows that make it difficult to see a lot of the things in your photos, try turning your camera’s built-in flash on when you’re taking a shot on a bright and sunny day. Your flash will work as a fill flash; used in this way, the flash will brighten up the harsh shadows caused by direct sunlight, giving you a sharper, clearer photo.

Experiment. Since there’s no film to waste, don’t be afraid to experiment. Take a lot of shots until you get the hang of what makes a picture a good picture. The more you use your camera, the better your photography skills will become.