TIP #1--well maybe!!!
Try shooting a roll of film or a memory card full of images not shot at eye level. Have fun with this; think of all the different perspectives a photo can be taken at.
To go further take one photo at eye level then how ever many other photos at different levels to see the differences. Most of the time getting lower or higher gets rid of a lot of stuff in the background and brings more attention to the subject.
Please try this, any questions, comments please fill free to ask. Again HAVE FUN!!
Shot above: eye level
Shot above: getting lower to the ground.