For the Photographer in You -
Help!!! I want to know how to take better photographs!!!
I often have people ask me, questions like, how do i get better at taking photographs, or what would you recommend that I do to start leaning more about photography?
My Dad always used to say when I first started golf....that he wouldn't let me play with any other clubs until I could make a decent round with a 7 iron!! What!!! Now, with my more mature outlook (don't laugh), I can see the wisdom of this statement!! I think of the 50mm lens in photography as the 7 iron in golf. Stay with me here...if you googled how to take better photographs, you would end up with 8,300,000 results....not very helpful. You could of course pick a narrower topic, which will hopefully lead you in the right direction, such as how to understand my camera, which by the way seems like a narrower question, but results in 104,000,000 links!!!
If you prefer to take a more hands on approach, get a half decent camera and play with it! Research topics as you come across them practically.
Assuming you have a camera that you can adjust the settings on and not just an iPhone. Another suggestion I have would be to invest in a 50mm lens for the camera. They are very reasonable - Nikon - $135 and Canon - $126 for an aperture of 1.8. This lens is tack sharp and has no zoom i.e. it's a prime lens. But it is very versatile....a bit like our 7 iron :-) It will force you to move around your subject to get what you want in the frame and with an aperture of 1.8, assuming you switch to manual control, it will help you to understand any aspects of the controls you have in taking an image. So...treat yourself :-)