I came across this nice quote / tip on the flickr blog whilst having my morning coffee:
3. What’s one tip that you would share with someone who’s just picking up a camera?
When approaching a scene you want to take a picture of, if possible (time-wise, since it can be critical if you’re shooting a fast moving subject), ask yourself, how would you (or your favorite painter, or photographer(s)) paint or shoot this? Or would they, if at all? I admire arts of all media but I am no painter. However, I’ve learned that visualizing the final ‘print’ and doing a little thinking/imagining in this way helps curb my tendency to shoot a bazillion of frames of the same scene and none of them turn out the way I want.
I really like this idea, in essence it’s encouraging you think more about your photography before pressing the shutter release. Something that I’m going to concentrate on over the next few weeks.