Here's my list of a few basics. 1. Take shots from wide, medium and close perspectives.
Variety keeps things interesting, and photography is no different. No one is going to look at photos that are taken from the same distance and angle. It's boring. I'm no great photographer, but I do vary distances and angles in this slideshow.
2. Make sure the pictures match the audio.
This seems obvious, but it is nevertheless something that needs to be looked out for. In audio slideshows, make sure you get pictures of the things your subject is talking about.
3. A picture should be on the screen no more than five seconds.
Just because some of you J school girls think this is the dreamiest picture of Zac Efron doesn't mean everyone that comes to your site to view an informational slideshow about him wants to stare at that picture for 30 seconds. Make sure you have enough photos. That's my friendly tip, because we're all in this together.
4. When all else fails with a camera, read the manual. This will help you take full advantage of the functionality.
If you're prone to losing such things, you can usually find your manual online.
5. Make sure to always brace yourself so the camera is steady and immobile in your hands.
When shooting your niece's birthday party, you don't want the photos to look like an earthquake disaster flick.