Learn Photography: 10 Tips For Taking Pictures Like A Professional
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.
Move closer to your subject
A good rule of thumb is to consider the size of your subject and step closer to them if they are smaller than a car. You want to fill the picture with your subject and by moving closer or zooming in on them, you can capture unique things about them.
Make sure you don't get any closer than what your camera can truly capture; about three feet. Otherwise, your pictures could turn out fuzzy.