Photography is like most human endeavors in that it’s easy to do it badly but without too much effort you can get up to speed relatively quickly.
Just having a good quality camera with with lots of features wont get you there and all the good advice in the world wont help either until you at least get familiar with your tools.
Although it may seem like an obvious tip it is one that many people simply avoid for a million different reasons but… you should always check your camera’s owners’ manual.
Before the world of instant information descended upon us it was quite normal for people to fully read and understand the manual that came with any new product or appliance they bought.
The reason for this was that at the time such products actually required that you have an understanding of their workings before you could use them effectively.
These days there is an expectation that we just unpack the thing and start. This is especially true of cameras where we are trained into the point and click mindset.
The key difference between taking “OK” shots and one that people will take notice of is you ability to understand and apply the manual settings on your camera so that you can control what it does and make it do what you want rather than just shoot and hope for the best.
Sit down with the camera and the manual have have a through play with all the settings and features. Experiment and see how changes in how your operate the camera change the results you get.