How about trying all possible angle degree by degree?
Take a subject, shoot:
360 degrees X 180 degrees = 64,800 possible combinations!
Then only decide which one looks best. By then you should be able to discern which angles suits you.
Books on composition is definitely hard to come by. I had read the photographer's eye before and learn quite a bit.
Thanks. Forgotten about art books on compositions.
At 648000 combinations, my 8G card just wont do and even if it works, I do not have the time to go thru them!
You should read at least 1 good book. I am now reading this one:
Contrary to what people may think (especially those with a little bit more ego), very few people are born with a photographer's eye. The rest of us need some guidance. Practice is important, but coupled with knowledge, you can get to where you want to be in a fraction of the time.
You need to understand and internalise things like the shape of the frame and how to exploit it, basic graphic design principles, etc... Then after some practice, you know what to capture when you look at each scene. At the very least, you will know if your shots are crap without having to post them on clubsnap and getting blasted.