5 Become a real photographer
Move beyond mere button-pressing and start thinking
Don’t just be a camera user: become a photographer. Look at as much work by as many artists and photographers as possible, go to exhibitions, look at books and study the greats. Don’t limit yourself to studying the visual arts: be curious about philosophy, culture, art history, current affairs and the world around you too. Then switch your Canon camera to Manual mode and learn to set the exposure you want and simplify by using one autofocus point, with one prime lens (like a 50mm) for at least a year. It will stop you getting distracted by camera setup, and help you focus on the photography. All this will make you become a much better overall photographer.
Knowledge of art history can enhance your modern-day photos
Study how the great painters used light in their artwork