If you are having difficulty holding your camera straight, purchase a tripod. A tripod will go a long way in helping to keep your camera in place, so you can focus on other variables other than balance. Tripods work great if you are in the wilderness or on an uneven terrain.
Play with the shutter speed on your camera to catch unique and wonderful photos. If you have the right shutter speed, you can get beautiful photos that would normally happen so fast that the human eye couldn't process it fully. Try experimenting with shutter speed and a tripod at a stream or waterfall for some great photos.
In life, people are trained to always create things that are almost perfectly even. While symmetry and perfection are things people look for, try and take pictures of your subject off center. Beware of auto-focus features that lock in to whatever is in the center of the lens. Use manual focus instead, and lock your focus before snapping the picture.
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