Just do it.
This is not a Nike ad of course 🙂
Just do it means Just Shoot. Shoot whatever you want, whenever you want, and as many times you want it.
Just go out and shoot, ultimately this is the joy of photography. Shoot as many photos as you like, its almost free nowadays (however less magic compared to film but more effectiveness).
Shooting makes excellence. Don’t get envy of videos of people going to far away exotic countries, shooting on remote or fabulous locations. Of course it would be nice to be able to do the same but let’s realize the truth, this is (probably) not going to happen as often as you wish (at least in the near future). Remember, you do not need a new camera (I write this just to remind myself of this little truth, a.k.a G.A.S or Gas Acquisition Syndrome), you do not need a far away or exotic trip (although it would have been pretty nice), you do not need tons of likes or favs. You just need a camera and your desire to create. To compose and to create fabulous photos for yourself, not for Instagram, Facebook, Flickr etc. At the end it does not matter if you get zero likes for a post of a photo you love, always remember: Stay true, stay genuine to your photography and just shoot.
The more you shoot, the better you will get. The better your photos will get. Your style will evolve step by step, it is a slow evolution process. When I started in photography, my photos were basic. After 3 years doing mainly street photography, I consider that at least some of my photos do not suck big time 🙂
Train the Eye.
Watch other people photos, in Instagram, Youtube, Flickr, whereven, whenever, simple as that. Find some photos you love and just follow the photographer or blog, doesn’t matter if you like landscape, street, urban, wildlife etc. After a while, you will follow some dozens of accounts that you like their photos and you will look at some dozen of great photos everyday (long live the digital era and the smartphone revolution!). After some weeks/months, this will come as a reflex. Train your eye. That simple.
Just remember, you have to train your eye. Few of us have a nature talent in photography, the rest we have to train our eye. The best photograph is out there, in front of you, this very moment, you just have to be able to see it and capture it.
It would be nice to find some friend etc that you share the same passion so as to exchange ideas, experiences, photowalks etc, but it is not mandatory.
Do not over analyze, do not watch camera reviews, do not pixel peep, it is a trap. Noone will ever judge your photo if at 200% zoom some pixels could have been more/less something better.
The best photos I like are photos that are not technically amazing, but have an amazing composition or mood. Have a look at some photos below for example:
Stay true to the core of photography, which is to create the photos you like.