Always secure the camera by the strap or on a solid surface while in use. Always make sure it is stored safely.
Photographing children and pets is always challenging. Try carrying a whistle or other attention getting device to stop (or slow) the action.
Use the Rule of Thirds to help improve your compositions. The rule states that you draw imaginary lines 1/3 of the way in from all sides of your frame, then place your point of interest (your subject[s]) on one of the intersecting points.
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