If you are a photography enthusiast, you probably have opinions about the kind of pictures that usually come out of students starting out on their first digital photography course. As impossible as it might seem with today’s intelligent cameras with auto everything, most novice-shot pictures turn out to be poorly composed, and sometimes shaky, out of focus and blurry. What is it that they do wrong when they try so hard to put out results that look singular and outstanding? As you would expect, beginners do tend to make certain mistakes that are common and easy to correct.To a beginner at a digital photography course, a fully featured camera is not yet as familiar as it should be. With the level of anxiety they have getting started achieving great things, it can often seem a little silly to them to even think about cracking the manual. You’d be surprised how much useful basic information there is in there. Great photography comes from a great intuitive understanding of the basics of how light works. Just as reading a lesson over and over again helps basic principles sink in in school, reading about every basic photography principle laid out in the manual can do a world of good. Not to mention, there could be special specifics for each model of camera that one could learn for better results.One area of where beginners at a digital photography course tend to lose the plot is where they think that point and shoot is actually point-and-shoot. Neither this nor auto focus is to be taken literally. For one thing, any of these cameras needs a little time to get the mechanics of the shots just right; and then on top of that, there are several circumstances where automatic functions are thwarted by ambient conditions. Something shiny in a shot for instance, can easily get a camera’s autofocus system mixed up. It is important to actually make sure that your camera has successfully locked in on your subject.You bring home a new TV, and the factory settings usually have the brightness and contrast set to the highest possible levels to start you off with a stunning-looking picture. That’s not how it is with a digital camera in case you never knew. The highest quality settings usually take up the most memory and they take up the most battery power. The default settings on a new camera are usually not at the highest possible level. The reason that the makers believe that it’s okay to do this is that your generic computer display is usually not capable of high-definition, and it would make no difference. For the best results, you need to take the trouble to dig into the settings to find out where you need to turn the camera’s picture settings to the highest image quality possible. It will make it easier on you when you try to blow up a photo for detail. The same goes for image stabilization. If you have it, you probably should use it.