Learn Photography: 10 Tips For Taking Pictures Like A Professional
Don't be afraid to play with your lighting
Lighting is the most important aspect of taking a picture. To truly understand how light affects things, experiment with your pictures and keep a journal of your experiments. That way you can repeat certain pictures that you like because you know exactly how you took them and what type of light you used.
Be a director
No one says you have to take a picture of a group of people or a subject where they stand side-by-side or hands folded neatly in front of them. Tell them to group up and lean towards the camera. Give them props to hold. Sit them on a fence. Direct them to do what you want them to so that you get the picture that has impact.