#3 Switch from Automatic to Programme Mode
Automatic shooting mode (or smiley-face mode as I like to call it) often fools beginners into thinking that it’s the best mode to photograph in. Why? Because it chooses all the camera settings for you, which means you simply have to point and shoot. Yes, it’s convenient not to have to choose the more advanced settings like aperture and shutter speed, but by switching from Automatic to Program Mode (indicated by the letter “P” on all DSLR shooting mode dials) you enable the option to change a number of very handy and simple-to-understand settings like ISO, exposure compensation and focus point selection, all of which allow you to drastically change the outcome of your photos without much effort.