During a 'browsing' break (my school reports often said I was "easily distracred") from editing my Spanish Pyrenees blog post, I came across this excellent tutorial article on the often overlooked essential basic skills of photography. I'm guilty of it myself, comfortable in the knowledge that mistakes can be corrected either after the initial composition or during the post processing. Keeping these six basic guidlines in mind and putting them into practice we may find that there is much more pleasure in the initial capture of our shots, which is always a bonus in my mind. On top of the added pleasure, our creative side and technical skills will no doubt get honed along the way.
I've heard of some photographers denying themselves the privilege of their LCD screens, going back to old school film days to challenge their creative side and sharpen their technical knowledge. Food for thought maybe.
This excellent piece from Valerie Jardin is a must read for anyone who wants to improve their photography or simply remind themselves of the aspects of the often overlooked essential areas of basic photography skills.