When you're walking around outside, look for an interesting subject or scene. It can be anything- beautiful nature, someone with a great taste in fashion, 2 old men fighting, a child playing, or in my case with the photo of New York, an advertisement that showed a pair of eyes. Here, you can also think about WHY you thought the subject was interesting. Why did you react to it? Or did anyone in the scene have a reaction to it?
2. Add "components"... or "Things" to your frame
However, that one thing you found interesting, usually isn't enough. This is what happens with starbucks coffee instagram photos. You're taking a picture of something, and that's it. You can make a photo MUCH more interesting, by adding something else in. Something that can complement your subject of interest. What I did in my photo, was wait for the correct group of people to walk into the frame. The eyes were interesting, but having a diverse group of people looking your way at the same time, seems like a much more interesting photo. AND it complements the advertisement.
If you get even better, try adding a third component in. This is harder than everybody thinks. I wanted a photo that showed my somewhat touristy experience in New York, and represent the energy and place. One thing that I also did, was make sure the yellow cabs were in the photo. There's a lot more going on in this photo, but this is just one more example.
3. Use different angles.
I can't express how much angles matter. A lot of the time, the angle a photo is taken can even be the SOLE difference of a typical photo and a eye-boggler. If you're only taking photos standing, that means you're limited to taking photos from your eyes-height. In my case, I would usually be pointing my camera down to people because I'm a bit taller than the average height in most countries. Try squatting. Then you can try tilting your camera up or down, for a much different perspective. Move a bit to your side. Or you can even look for something to stand on, for a different perspective.
The photo above was actually taken on a height. It allowed me to have a bird's eye view of the scene. And no wonder some people were staring at me in the photo! (Which also made it more interesting in my opinion)
LAST TIP- GO OUTSIDE!
Thank you for your attention, I kept these tips very general. It may be more of a reminder for photographers. I'll go more in depth as I write more. My last tip is to yes, go outside and shoot more! You NEED trial and error. Practice is needed in anything, work, sports, art.... relation...ships? you name it! It also helps to go with someone you can trust with the camera. I improved a lot by asking friends to teach me as we take portraits, or take street photos.
You can even ask me for advice, or to take photos together. I will also be planning more workshops in the future, so that may be good practice for people that want to up their photo game too.