1. Time of day/ Lighting
This is THE MOST important factor in getting great photos.... hands down. I get asked all the time, "what time do you take your photographs???" Well, let me tell ya! Keep an eye on your weather app for a nice day and schedule a time to shoot at sunrise or sunset. Those two times of the day are when I have gotten my favorite photographs. Shooting at those times enables you to capture oranges,yellow,reds, pinks and other dreamy colors that you wont be able to find at any other time. You are indeed capturing light, so make sure you get the good kind.
2. Rinse and Repeat
If you're shooting on film, this is quite literal.... but what i'm trying to say is go out and shoot. The more you're out and the more photos you take, you'll get better and have a better understanding of what interests you as a photographer. You might pass by something one day and have no interest is what you see, but maybe the next day there's a super awesome old car that's parked there and you MUST TAKE THAT PHOTO. My point ...the more frequent you shoot, the more you'll run across those special moments. If you stop and find something interesting, and are unsure about taking the photo, TAKE THE PHOTO ANYWAY and move onto the next frame, sometimes you'll be glad you took it later.
3. Do # 2 on the list again
I'm not joking. Just keep shooting over and over again.
4. The Moment
Trust yourself. What you find interesting makes you and your photos special. Don't be afraid to release the shutter with some confidence that you have something special.
5. The Camera
Find one that you know how to use and that you're comfortable with- Don't get too caught up in the technical mumbo-jumbo. You don't need an expensive camera to make great photos.
Find photographers on social media or local people who inspire you. Reach out to those photographers who inspire you- you'd be surprised how nice people are.
Find some photo account pages that post consistently good content. some examples...
- Somewhere Magazine
- Humble Arts Foundation
- Rental Magazine
- gominimal magazine
- This Ain't Art School
- many many more...
Purchase Photo-books. There's something special about seeing the photos in print right in front of you.
All the best,