First off, sorry that my photos aren't the greatest. I am still learning to take nice photos and my camera's not extraordinary. However, I am quite happy with some of the photos I have been taking of things around our yard lately. This is mostly because of the subjects and not the photographer though.
Anyway, I have been searching for good tips and I thought I would share a few with you:
1. Understand your camera. This explains your camera in plain & simple English!
2. Make a lightbox. This one is inexpensive to make and folds to store neatly.
3. Use natural light. It is pretty simple but it has made all the difference for me.