Anyone can become a great photographer, there are no secret methods. Do not stop taking pictures. With each image that you capture, you gain experience. With a digital camera, you don't have to keep all of your test shots; only keep the ones that you like and will look at again later. You will become better as you take pictures of everything you see and judge them later to see where you could have taken a better picture.
You should crop your pictures in order to make them look better. There might be a fantastic shot that has an undesirable object in it. There are other times when it's a near perfect image, but it is slightly off-center. These issues are easily remedied by clever cropping later.
To take a great picture, move closer towards your subject. Moving in closer allows you to frame your subject, and avoids disruptive backgrounds. It lets you focus on any facial expressions, and that can be a very critical element to portrait photography. Small details are easily overlooked when the subject is a good distance away.
Experiment with different perspectives and scales in your images. You can make an object appear bigger or smaller depending on where you place it, or try using it in a funny situation to express a more artistic photograph. Spend some time on your images so that you can shoot a distinct image of an otherwise ordinary object.
Filters are simply additions you can purchase for your lenses. The screw directly to the lens and provide a variety of effects. A UV filter is the most common type you'll find in photography. It filters the harmful rays out of sunlight. This prevents any damages if you drop your lens.
When it comes to capturing great shots of people, you should aim to have a slightly blurred backdrop. If the background is just as in focus as the subject, it takes the eye away from where you the viewer should be looking. The easiest way to do this is to increase the distance between subject and background.
Often digital cameras will have a flash option that responds to dim light, making the feature available automatically. This is good for a quick spur of the moment picture, but for something more professional, use a external flash unit which is designed to give you a broad lighting range. First check your camera for the appropriate attachment point for an external flash, a "hot shoe." You also want a flash that will sync automatically to your camera. You may have better shopping results at a camera store catering to professionals.
These tips should give you some useful information to help you organize your thoughts on photography. If you can remember these tips when you are shooting images, you will be on the right path to becoming an excellent photographer.