The single best thing you can do to improve your photos is to crop them.
Often we simply share the picture we took right out of our camera. Most of the time, those photos include areas of “distraction” – debris, people, lampposts etc. By cropping, you focus the viewer on the subject and create a more compelling image. Take a look at this before and after shot.
Bonus tip! Maintain a 4×6, 5×7, 5×5 or 8×10 aspect ratio if you plan to print your images, or you’ll have a hard time finding frames to fit. 😉