Don't Be a Wuss
A quick tip: don't be a wuss. If you're not getting dirty or hurting yourself, you are missing out on some great photo opportunities. See this example:
(photo by waiting_line)
Yes, I could have taken a "normal" picture of this sculpture, but aren't you glad I didn't? I sure am. This is my result:
This is the fun part of photography, and if you're not afraid to do this kind of thing, you'll get much better results. Another example of the results you get when you get dirty:
Compare that to pictures taken of the tops of mushrooms, where you don't get that nice detail on the bottoms of the caps.
And of course, it never hurts to hurt yourself. Well, yes it does, but don't be afraid to do it. I whacked my head on one of these . . .
. . . BUT I got this amazing shot:
Take this tip to heart, and show me what you get.