The second rule of photography is this - be at the right place at the right time. This applies very well for landscape photos. How do you predict the right place and time? You can't. If you want to shoot better pictures, take your camera with wherever you go and shoot whatever you can. Most of the best photos are ordinary because most of the photos are taken during ordinary time of the day. The photographer was at the right place at the right moment, that's all it made the difference.
I took some 500+ ordinary photos then I took a great photo. The more photos you shoot, the more good photos you will shoot. It's just practice - after all. You are practising to see better, you are practising to use your camera better. Practice alone will help you to become a master photographer.
This is by far the easiest tip for any aspiring photographer to practise. If you want to make your photos look great, just get close to the object and fill entire LCD screen with that object. Just try it now; your photo will immediately look great, because you have removed all the distractions out.
You have captured the perfect shot that's what you thought when you looked at the LCD screen on the back of your camera. Nothing is disheartening to know the photo came up with a blur when you see on the computer screen. So, learn how you can firmly grip the camera. Look at the following pictures
Just by changing the 'point of view' of the photo, you can create a good photo. When you see an object, think of alternative viewing positions and shoot as many photos as you can. Go to ground level and tilt your camera up. Or go to an elevated place and shoot your picture from above. Avoid ordinary, eye-level views.
We think our pocket camera can shoot only ordinary photos. Yes, that's why it does shoot only ordinary photos. But, when you see a good photo taken with the same camera, you are worried as if only your camera has a defect. Often, we don't attempt to shoot a picture thinking our camera is not capable. Say, if a baby is smiling or playing, change to the Sports mode and shoot pictures. It doesn't cost anything to try, if the photos turn out badly, they can be deleted.