A common trap people starting out in photography fall into is shooting everything with front light. A quick “cheap trick” to add pop to your photos is to shoot a silhouette. Align your subject against a clean, bright background and expose for the background. You don’t need to shoot manual!!! I shoot 95% of my photos with AE-Aperture Preferred auto. Just dial -2 stops into your exposure compensation dial and shoot away. Wide apertures also help to isolate the subject from the background.
An added feature of shooting “wide open” is the bokeh effect in the background.
Silhouettes can add depth to your photos too.
Find the good light and make photos!