Start off with the basics
A big dSLR can seem daunting for beginning photographers. Before you get going, make sure to take the time to get to know your camera. Preparation includes strapping your camera correctly, formatting memory cards in-camera and changing the image quality setting so you’re not shooting in low-quality JPEG.
Make the most of sunrise and sunset
There’s a reason why photographers call the time immediately after sunrise and before sunset the “golden hour”. The light is softer and appears warmer than at any other time during the day, making it ideal for capturing on camera.
While landscapes are ideal to capture during golden hour, also try out portraits too for the ultimate in natural light.
Many apps exist to help you determine when golden hour occurs for your location, so you can get out and make the most of the available light.