If you are having difficulty holding your camera straight, purchase a tripod. A tripod will go a long way in helping to keep your camera in place, so you can focus on other variables other than balance. Tripods work great if you are in the wilderness or on an uneven terrain.
Look for patterns in your subject matter, no matter if they happen to be natural or artificial. Patterns add an appealing aspect to a photograph, particularly if they are repeating patterns. You can play off these patterns to get unusual angles or frame your subject relative to the background.
In most portrait photos, the subject's eyes look directly into the camera. Have your subject express a variety of emotions to capture a unique photograph. You could also try to have the people in the picture look at something in the frame.
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