This is my first post in this forum and it looks like its going to be a learning curve - just what I'm looking for, so go ahead and tell me what you think
Hi Eddie, Thanks for posting your image. Once hooked on photography, it will give you much pleasure - and frustration for the rest of your life!
First things first. To be able to work digitally, it is important to have a fairly accurate representation of your digital data on screen. Depending upon your level of requirement, this will vary, but you at least need to have a colour managed workflow and a reasonable screen - otherwise you will not be seeing what the data for the image represents.
On my screen, and as the histograpm shows, your image is very dark and flat, and therefore lacks life. Before you look at composition etc, I think it would be a good idea to start to learn how to use the histogram and processing programmes.
Just for a very quick example - For starters, I have just used one levels adjustment to modify the histogram and you can see the difference.
Are you using Photoshop? and are you processing RAW images? If not I would suggest choosing a RAW converting programme, and find out as much as you can about image editing from threads here, internet , books and workshops.
I am by no means an expert, and am myself learning all the time. There are others here who are far more competent and capable than myself, but I think my suggestions would be a good starting point upon which to build.