If you want to improve, you simply need the best teacher. There is one professional photographer who is willing to teach you – Amy Renfrey. Amy is a professional photographer who believes in helping hobby photographers to produce high quality, pro level work.
You could also read some good books that you’ve been delaying such as books by Haruki Murakami and Ernest Hemingway. You can also study a new language like Spanish, or enroll in a photography class to become the next Ansel Adams.
If it’s the sun then you need to get it behind you and slightly at an angle to the subject. Unless you specifically want the subject backlit, don’t put the subject in front of the sun. Above all know where the sun is and how it will affect the photo. Ascertain what kind of light it is i.e. strong sun or filtered sun through the clouds on an overcast day. The time of day will also affect the image and if the light is too low you’ll need a tripod or some form of support.
When you are making an assessment of the natural light around you, the first thing to realise is that there is never only one light source. All light travels in straight lines, until it hits something. It then bounces off. If it hits a shiny object, it will bounce at the same angle it arrived at, like a billiard ball off a cushion. If the object is matt (i.e. not shiny), it will bounce off in all directions and pick up the colour of whatever it hit.
Tired of only having self-portrait nursing photos where everything is too dark, out of focus, and quite frankly you can’t barely tell what is going on? Well, we’re here to fix that and have fun while doing it.
The most group photos I have seen are with one look. These photos are so ordinary, because most of the photographers are legalistic: all make a good team to stand in several rows, count to three and then press the shutter. One of the secrets to shoot wonderful group photo is to break the routine. We have unlimited imagination, just come out to play. Get rid of the tendency to seek routine and comfort, the final results will give you a surprise.
Shoot up from your picture in an upwards angle to offer the object of your photo feelings of power. If you’d love to make your subject appear weaker, you might shoot the shot from up high.