Photography basically means “Drawing with Light”. So that should help you understand that light is a very important element of photography. It can make or break your photo. You can manipulate it to the point you can control it.
The basics point is you must study light. Understand what soft light is, what harsh light is, what golden hour is, etc. Study light!
Finally take photos that you want to take not the ones that will do the best on Instagram. Focus on your art not likes and follows.
This was done in the afternoon with my Cybershot. This is harsh light which I try to avoid but I use it when I need to or want to.
Capture your art and live your life,