Do your family members shudder when you pick up a camera? Are you jealous of your friends' Flickr albums? Has it been weeks since the last time someone "Liked" one of your photos on Facebook?

It's okay, you're not alone. And we can help you--with a little assistance from our resident photo expert Dave Johnson, of course.

See, you don't need a new camera to take better photos. It's nice to have the latest and greatest, of course, but the key to taking better photos is simply knowing how to take better photos.

We've assembled a handful of how-tos from our Digital Focus blog that will help you add spice to your shots. Start with a few basic rules of photographic composition, and some tips for improving your exposure in tricky lighting.

Once you have the fundamentals under your belt, move on to advanced tips and tricks, reading our advice for shooting dramatic silhouettes and taking photos in twilight. But that's not all! Act now, and we'll even throw in our tutorials on combining photos for depth of field and hyperfocal photography for the low, low price of...nothing.

Just click the links below and get started. Your family, your Flickr pals, and your Facebook friends will thank you.

1. The Rules of Photographic Composition »

2. Improve Your Exposure in Tricky Lighting »

3. 5 Tips for Shooting Dramatic Silhouettes »

4. Three Ways to Take Photos at Twilight »

5. Combine Photos for Infinite Depth of Field »

6. Keep Your Entire Photo in Focus With Hyperfocal Photography »