Although at first learning photography can seem daunting, once you understand the basic techniques, taking beautiful, engaging photos becomes easy. You can learn how to manipulate the subject of your photographs through the use of light and your camera's settings.
Don't worry about taking too many pictures. It is helpful in being selective while taking pictures, but by taking too many you can capture surprising and unexpected images. With digital photography you can always delete any of the pictures that you do not like. You can also set the camera on burst mode and delete the pictures you don't like and keep the ones you do like.
For that perfect photo, pay attention to depth-of-field! Practice shooting photographs using differing apertures and note how the different settings affect your final image. A smaller depth-of-field is useful for focusing attention on a single element, such as a portrait shot of a person or pet. The background will appear blurry, making the subject stand out. A greater depth-of-field is great for landscapes, keeping the entire frame in focus and allowing the eye to take in the full effect.
Pay attention to what is in the background when you are taking a picture. A relatively simple or plain background will better emphasize the subject of your picture. Make sure there is nothing distracting or embarrassing in the background that will draw attention away from the subject of your photograph.
Keep your pictures relatively simple. A good image should be straightforward and easy to interpret and appreciate. It is important to take meaningful pictures, but in most cases your pictures will say more if you focus on a detail rather than put together a complex composition that might not strike people as much.
Not as bad as you thought, right? Like any other subject, the world of photography is vast and has a wealth of information available on it. Sometimes, you just need a little hint as to where to begin with it so that you can "jump right in." Hopefully, you have received that from these tips.