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With the creative flexibility that photo editing tools like Adobe Photoshop offer, many rely on post-processing to improve their photos. However, if you are not keen on getting all techie and learning the ropes of photo editing tools, you can still come up with nice photos.

Below are seven simple tips to improve your photography skills:

Go through your camera’s user manual.

With all that excitement that comes with buying a new camera, it can be easy to ignore the user manual. But what most people do not know is that it contains a lot of important information that can help you learn how to get the most out of your camera and take better photos.

It is assumed that you still have your user manual somewhere away, it is not too late to retrieve it and go through it from beginning to end. Know what each button on your camera is for and what you can do with its various settings.

Apply what you have read.

What else could be a better way to retain your new knowledge about operating your camera than to try what you have read. In addition to providing direct information about what your camera controls and its settings can do, it is also a good way to find out which of these features you will use regularly.

Remember: You don't have to try everything at once. You can make room to apply the things you learned over several days of practice. Trying and making more and more mistakes is a good way to improve your photo-taking skills. With continued practice, the time will come that you will finally get that shot right.

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Make the most of what your camera can do.

Just look at the famous photo journalist Henry Cartier-Bresson. According to a New York Times article, Bresson's claim to fame was his 35-mm use of handcuffs. Camera in taking photographs of important events that marked the 20th century (such as the Spanish Civil War and the German occupation of France).

His career as a photographer is proof that you should not have fancy equipment to take better shots. All you have to do is get the most out of your camera and do what it can do for you. If you have to, start with simple shots and the background. Then once you understand this, move on to more complex scenes and scenes.

Use a tripod.

The simple act of using a tripod can dramatically improve the quality of your pictures. A tripod can give you stability when shooting photos, making your images more sharp and more balanced. This will also prevent the risk of unwanted elements in the frame.

Just make sure you mount your tripod to a flat and stable surface and you're using one that fits your camera perfectly. Once it is mounted, make sure that your camera and tripod are at a flat horizon, checking from the spirit level. You do not want your photos to be skewed. For more stability, especially if your tripod is light, hang something heavy under your tripod. When you are trying to capture pictures of a particular scene, it will act as an anchor to prevent it from rotating.

Use the edges of each element as a guide in preparing your photo.

A helpful tip is to draw the edges of some elements in the frame to create a path that leads to your subject. This will make your photos more balanced and visually appealing.

In addition to the edges and lines, look for other interesting shapes, textures, and patterns in the scene that you can use as a guide in preparing your subject.

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Present yourself in front of as many good photos and photographers as possible.

Read photography books, participate in exhibitions and browse photography portfolios online. Since photography is a visual art, you can learn a lot by studying it - or watching it carefully to see what a good picture is. If you find a photo you like, ask yourself: "What about that particular photo that I like?" Study how you can make your shots like this. Remember it the next time you shoot or write it down for reference. Or if that is not your style, then use directly how to recreate that particular style with your camera.

Another way to enrich your photography skills is to visit online resources on photography. The Adorama Learning Center, for example, is a good place to find tips, camera and gear recommendations, and anything related to photography.

Ask for feedback.

Getting out of your job can be quite intimidating at first. But others' feedback can help you find out what you are doing wrong and what needs to be improved. There are groups in photo sharing sites like Flickr, where you can upload your own photos for critique. If you are not yet ready to share your work with the public, you can ask photography enthusiasts in your circle to criticize your work.