Next time you're photographing, try asking yourself "What if?"
What if I got down lower?
What if I got closer?
What if I waited to see if that thing happens again?
What if I waited until someone walked into this area?
What if I came back when the sun is lower?
What if I used a slow shutter speed?
What if I move over there?
What if I turned this way?
What if I ignored the fear and instead went over asked to take a few photos of them?
Not every question will result in a better image, but almost certainly one of the answers will be more interesting that if I just stand where I am and shoot from eye-level then move on.
A few other good questions to ask:
What's the subject of the image?
What's the story I'm trying to tell?
What's the message or feeling or mood I want to convey?
What's most memorable about being here?