I have found that the best way to learn photography is to go and shoot, which is much less expensive with a digital camera--no film cost. Obviously, my statement is very general, but the following are some of the things that I have found helpful.
Pick a theme for a day's shoot and only take pictures within that guideline. Some examples are "circles and squares", reflections, interesting faces, etc. You will be amazed at what you will see when you are focused within a narrow area.
Also, look around and take a lot of pictures without actually taking the pictures. This gets the obvious ones out of the way and you mind is clear to be imaginative.
I learned this from a professional photographer (Life magazine and others) and it really works.
Keep an eye on the background of the subject that you are taking. Just moving a little will often eliminate an objectional background.
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