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6. EXPAND YOUR CREATIVITY
Some pet peeves of mine are people who either
#1 use a product, lens, or post processing technique to create the same image over and over
#2 refuse to expand their creativity with other techniques very readily available to them.
About #1: don't get me wrong, there is something to be said about having a photographic style you stick with, but you should still be able to create basic images like small family portrait groups without leaving unwanted stuff in the background of the shot. In other words be sure everything in the image belongs there. If it doesn't belong, take it out or move to another location. Be sure you have your basics down first then move to the more advanced images.
#2 leads us to Ansel Adams: Some traditionalists refuse to edit their images in Photoshop because they feel it's not a part of the art of photography. Well guess what? Ansel would edit the heck out of his images with an enlarger then create a copy negative when he had the perfect image. If that isn't the first 'shopping' of a photograph then I don't know what is.
The digital darkroom, or editing in Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, etc is the same as what Ansel was doing. Enhancing images in post processing is a part of my creative process. Cameras can't always capture exactly what I see when I'm taking the photo, many so there are times I need some manipulation in order to create what I intended. The key is to use Photoshop as a tool, not a crutch. Continually having to fix images later on the computer is not what being a Pro or Advanced Photographer is about.