Practice and be patient!
Every famous or great photographer started out as a really bad photographer. Think about it. Nobody I know started out being great. There is a trail of awful photographs behind every great photographer before some started looking good. You can't bypass the learning phase of photography. In fact, learning really never stops unless you choose to stop learning!
So take plenty of photos! Today's digital world of photography allows the user to make plenty of mistakes at little or no cost. Back in the days of film, one would have to spend good money to buy and process your photographs. And you would have to wait to see if you were exposed properly or in focus!
Everyone has seen a photograph in a magazine (or on-line) that really captivates their attention. It maybe the angle, lighting or something else but it is just a great photograph for some reason. Try to replicate that photograph next time you are out shooting. It gets you thinking and once you try (and fail a few times...) you will gain confidence in your own abilities. New found confidence is the fuel for keeping excited about the possibilities of what you create.
Patience is another aspect that you will have to deal with along the way. I remember taking many photographs on an assignment and only coming up with one or two that were acceptable. Talk about a let down! But over time things have improved and so it will improve with you.
And remember - you don't take photos, you make them!
Have a great week!
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