So my advice put the zooms and the long lenses away. Get a normal or wide prime and get down there in it. Learn to use the DoF scales on the lens because no auto focus in the world is faster than being pre focused. Go spend some time looking at the work of those that really did it well. Learn to incorporate visual elements in the frame to help support the subject and the visual statement.
A list of those whose work you might want to study. Not to copy but to see how they used visual elements and visual language to build interesting photographs. Read about their philosophies and their approaches to the medium. And then get out there and have fun...
These are a few and all had very different styles and approaches.