Most new digital cameras are able to compensate for human error in different ways. But the art of composing a good shot requires a bit of firsthand knowledge.

Here we offer you 10 tips used by professional photographers (and corresponding sample photos) that will help you achieve not just a good photograph, but a great one. Don’t worry if you don’t remember them all every time you take a photo. Your growing knowledge of photography will build on itself as you continue to delve in further. Most importantly, have fun! There’s a wealth of award-winning images out there still waiting to be shot.