The author Eric Dahlin wrote a great book for photographers called "70 Photography Lessons". 70 golden nuggets of information to make any hobbyist a better photographer. I like this book a lot, things are beginning to make a lot more sense to me now. Re-reading this book has made some of the concepts much more real and vivid as I apply many of the lessons.
Lesson 3 - Try Something New:
DSLR Photography offers up a rich palette of shooting opportunities.
Journalism was my first passion before I studied magic. Now with my camera, I am studying photojournalism, a really interesting subject, current affairs with news worthy images. Photography and magic have a lot in common, self expression, imagery, emotion, storytelling and relationships with people.
My plan is to master every aspect of photography: nature, action, sports, wildlife, architecture, travel, street photography, portraits, boudoir, night photography, all of these different context brings out different elements in the imagination and the camera is used to bring the mental image to life. The shot begins in the mind first - the mind is the greatest camera ever built, period.
Lesson number 8 in the book he advises to "never leave your camera at home" - this is obvious and true, I don't want to miss an opportunity to get my shot of the day. I have set a goal and context to get out and shoot everyday, even if it means a walk in the park to get a new perspective on something I have shot before.