Do not stop taking outdoor shots when the sun begins to set. There are many opportunities to keep going, especially if you have a tripod available to use with your camera. This piece of equipment allows for great low-light shots no matter if the sun is up or not.
Make sure to set up your compositions so that vertical lines are truly vertical. Tilting the camera backwards to capture a tall building, for example, can cause the building to appear as if it is falling backwards out of the frame. Photographs in which buildings are not vertical often appear unnatural.
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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