Learn Photography: 10 Tips For Taking Pictures Like A Professional
Use light and color contrasts to make your pictures more striking
Good contrast in a picture can mean the difference between boring and flat, to interesting and eye-catching. You can use contrasts between light and shadow or colors from different sides of the color spectrum to bring focus to the subject of your photo.
Experiment with taking the photo from different angles, or train your eye to find striking colors around where you're planning your photo. At night you can get great contrasts between light and dark, especially if you're able to play with the lighting.
Don't be afraid to use your flash for outdoor pictures
Unless the sun is directly on your subject's face, you are going to have facial shadows that could ruin the picture. Make sure you turn on your flash and use the proper mode so that the shadows disappear.
You should be able to adjust your flash and if you are using a digital camera, you'll be able to see whether or not the flash is too much or just right. Check to see if your camera has a flash-fill mode. This is the best flash to use when the subject is close up on sunny or on overcast days when you need just a bit more light. Don't be afraid to experiment.