There are three components of shooting to really focus on. Shutter speed, aperture/f stop, and ISO. Shutter speed is essentially how fast the shutter clicks. Aperture is how open (or not) the lens is, hence how much light it takes in. ISO is the sensitivity to the light. Now some will disagree with this, and it's really something meant for own experimentation, but I always aim to get as close to f8.0 as I can get. This usually means a sunny day with the sun at my back. I would then dial in shutter priority, then click to 1/500 or 1/640. In shutter priority, you set the shutter speed and the camera does the rest depending on the light and the conditions. I also do a fixed ISO at 100 or 200. Rarely going to 400 for dark shots. Most beginners wanna keep it at 100 or 200 to reduce noise. But in general consensus...never shoot in auto mode! And yes, I went through your pics. You have the right idea (IMO) on most of them. Just have to get time of day and settings right. Took me about 5 months of spotting (non-static) to get a pic accepted. I kept posting them in the photography feedback and finally learned more and more about my camera and the various settings I can use to maximize potential at getting a keeper. Also, be sure to shoot in RAW or RAW+JPEG if you can. This will reduce the number of pictures on your memory card (a 4GB card can only hold about 130 RAW+JPEG files), but RAW is much more forgiving and more editable than a standard JPEG file. A JPEG out of my camera is about 4-5MB, whereas the RAW file is 11-12MB. It adds up fast, but greatly worth it. Finally, I'd suggest to play around with the various manual settings such as Shutter Priority, Priority Priority, or even Full Manual mode outside at random trees or moving cars and the such. Random experience is some of the best practice I did regarding getting to know my camera.