Learn Photography: 10 Tips For Taking Pictures Like A Professional
Use a plain background that is not busy but not necessarily something indoors
A plain background could be a stand of trees behind your subject, a building or something else that draws the eye to your subject and enhances the picture. Don't forget to study the background as you set up the picture. You don't want anything in the picture that could make it look unusual or unnatural, such as cars in the background seemingly dangling from your subject's ears.
Occasionally turn your camera sideways to take a vertical picture
Pictures of things like lighthouses and other tall structures are best taken when you take them vertically. Turn your camera on its side and snap the picture.