Ok, how to fix that photo? Simple - crop it! (Then save it!)
Here is the original:
Here is a cropped version*:
Many of you said "turn off the flash!"
Had I used flash, I probably would have agreed. Onboard flashes usually do more harm than good, and I keep mine set to off.
Almost everyone commented on the color. It looked fine on my monitor; maybe cropped the color looks better? Does it look better to you? I see what Ann means about putting the fruit on a plate instead of the cutting board to make it really stand out.
A lot of you said to zoom in - also exactly right. Zooming in (and still maintaining good focus) it better than cropping. I use a prime lens for most of my photography. A prime is simply a lens that does not twist or pull to zoom in or out. When I want to zoom, I have to move my body. The focal length is always the same, my distance from the subject is what changes.
Regardless of the type of lens you use, photos look good when you fill the frame. Filling the frame with the subject doesn't let those distracting backgrounds to take away from your subject.
The downside of cropping is that you can lose clarity in your photo. I read this a while ago, and forgot why this is true.
Some cameras will crop the image in camera; I usually crop using Picasa 3 (free!). The best thing to do - fill the frame when taking the shot, that way you don't sacrifice the clarity of the original image.
See, people email me this stuff :D - it will be posted as "Voice of a Member - photo tips". What you all said about color, space, all of it - awesome tips! Send them in!