Number One: Read Read books about photography. Go to the photography section in Barnes and Noble, the library, a used book store. There's an enormous volume of work out there, most of it by people who know what they're doing and what they're talking about. Read what they have to say about everything photography, technical and non-technical alike. Don't think that books written by film photographers don't mean anything to you because you shoot with a digital camera. Number Two: Understand Why Good Photographs are Good There's no recipe here. Look at photographs taken by famous photographers. Don't just stop and say, "oh, that's beautiful" and then move on. Study them. Look at where light falls in the photo, where the shadows and highlights are, where the photographer must have been standing when the shot was taken. If there's a human subject, where he or she is looking, what exactly they are doing, or whether they are doing anything at all, where the points of focus are, where in the photo the subject is placed, etc etc. Remember these things. Number Three: Compare A lot of you say, "I want my photographs to look like such and such." But you don't go any further than taking a photo and then wondering why it didn't turn out as you had imagined. If you're taking a close-up of a flower, for example, compare it next to a photograph of a flower that is more or less objectively good. What is in that photo that isn't in yours? Ask yourself how they're different. If you can't figure out how they're different, then go back to number one. If you're trying to learn, and you aren't doing these things, then you're shooting in the dark. And if you think you already know how to shoot, but you haven't done them, then you've got more to learn than you think.