To improve your photography you have to consider the only thing which didn't change so much in the eternity - LIGHT!
Photographers go out in the morning hours and as well in late afternoon to get the best light conditions int the so called "golden hour", " blue hour" and so on. And it is surely worthwhile. Paying attention how the light influences your scene and to take advantage of it is the best and most important step to enhance your images. Taking some images in an old house in late afternoon I liked the golden tone, the shadows and the soft feeling I could capture with the images of the following model.
For more in depth and understandable explanation you can have a look at cambridge in color (http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/natural-light-photography.htm).