That's very kind of you to say. If ther's one thing that have really helped me it is HDR.
There are a couple of good examples of HDR photos among these: [link]
Though there's a bad tendency among people to overdo it. And then it just looks horrible, Like this: [link]
But done right you can end up with stunning photos.
HDR is when you take several shots of the same motive in different exposurs. Often: One over exposed,one mid exposed and one under exposed. Than you merge them together in a software. I would recommend using Photomatix Pro for that
More on HDR photography here: [link]