Even if it's not your normal genre, shooting still life photos can be a great way to practice lighting, composition, and building images with compelling stories. This helpful video gives seven quick tips for shooting better still life images.
Coming to you from COOPH, this video shows some ways to inject some energy into still life photos. I personally love shooting still life, because it forces me to really work my creative muscles and make an interesting image out what are otherwise ordinary things. It's also a great rainy day activity. The best part about this tutorial is that it's less about adding pricey gear to your arsenal and more about finding ways to expand your creativity. And of course, these ideas and that creative prowess can translate to other genres you may shoot in (I would love to see a portrait shot with the sewn apple). As an additional tip: try to choose subjects that you feel a connection to instead of the traditional still life options. We're always more creative when we're passionate about something.
And if you're starting out in photography, be sure to check out "Photography 101: How to Use Your Digital Camera and Edit Photos in Photoshop!"