How to take a decent pic.....
1) Hold your camera steady.
This is the way I like to hold the camera. It is easy to keep steady, and it doesn't tire or strain your hands.
2) Try a variety of settings.
Try all your settings. Different settings are better than some depending on the light and picture. You'd be surprised in the difference.
3) Be creative!!!
Try taking one picture from many different perspectives and angles. Some perspectives can transform your picture from average to awesome!