I am hoping to provide some insight for those of you who want to level up your photography and have come to realize that buying a new camera or lens won’t (by themselves) make that happen. You need to be deliberate in your photography.
An old-time, professional photographer once told me that we don’t get paid to take pictures. We get paid to see things that “normal” people do not.
I once led a photo workshop to the Green Mountains of Vermont. Our group was there to photograph fall color and we had a cornucopia of opportunity everywhere we looked.
Do you want to be more creative as a photographer? Then you need to exercise your creative muscles. Just as many people go to the gym to strengthen their physical bodies, photographers can strengthen their creative mind, using techniques that cause them to look at old problems in new ways.